A “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel in verse starring a boy, a lost dog, and a lonely old man, from Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer
Mark is a boy who needs a dog. But he can’t get his mom on board with his plan.
Buddy is a dog who needs a boy. Buddy has an owner already, but not one who understands what a dog really needs.
Mr. LaRue is a neighbor who needs a community. He’s alone all the time in his huge old house—and everyone needs more than that.
Over the course of a summer thunderstorm and one chaotic town council meeting, these three characters cross paths and come together in a timeless tale ripe with emotions. They’ll realize they all need the same things: love, understanding, and a sense of belonging—plus a place to play a game of fetch!
About the Author
Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother’s Song, and Thank You for Me! She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at MarionDaneBauer.com.
Jennifer A. Bell is an illustrator whose work can be found on greeting cards, in magazines, and in over a dozen children’s books. She lives with her husband, son, and cranky cat in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Read an Excerpt
Little Dog, Lost
Little black dog with brown paws
and a brown mask
and a sweet ruffle of brown fur on her bum
just beneath her black whip of a tail.
Ears like airplane wings
just at the tips.
She used to be called Buddy
until no one called her anything at all.
“Hey, you!” maybe.
Names to run from.
Buddy wasn’t always lost.
Once she owned a boy.
It was the boy who named her.
(“I know she’s a girl,” he’d say,
“but she’s my buddy anyway.”)
Her boy threw a ball
until Buddy flopped
onto her belly
in the tickling grass
between her paws,
her tongue as limp
Come and get it, her grin always said,
and then I’ll chase some more.
The boy used to take Buddy’s pointy face
between his hands
and kiss her on the lips,
just like that.
When Buddy was quick,
she could get in a lick
at the exact moment
of the kiss.
The boy would say, “Arghhh!”
and wipe his mouth
with the back of his hand.
Then he’d kiss Buddy
on the lips
Buddy and her boy
were perfectly matched
and perfectly happy
not even the sweetest love,
can be certain
What People are Saying About This
"Here is a tale that warms the heart from top to bottom and back again. This is storytelling in all its glory."Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor Book The Underneath
* "Wholly satisfying.... A perfect selection for pet lovers new to chapter books and anyone who just enjoys a cheerful dog story."Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “The rapid, immediate free verse will grab readers with first the longing and loneliness and then, on contrast, the boy and dog in bliss. Great for sharing with pet lovers.”Booklist, starred review
“Marion Dane Bauer delicately showcases yearning in so many hearts, human and animal. Buddy, a female dog so named by her first owner because she was his buddy, loses one home and moves through another before emerging as a much-loved Ruby at the end. Telling the story in short poems, which highlight central characters, allows Bauer to make the story accessible to many different readers. The lines can dwell on Buddy's cute ears or the “eyes as blue as a Caribbean sea” of a lonely older man, or the wonderful dog-dominating skills of a cat named Fido. A great read-aloud.”
—Mary Harris Russell, Chicago Tribune
"Newbery Honor–author Bauer (On My Honor) crafts distinct voices for each character and develops a strong sense of place in the close-knit town of Erthly. . . . Any child who has ever longed for a pet or tried to convince a parent to give in to a dear wish will identify with Mark."Publishers Weekly
"Written in poetry form, this title is a wonderful story for dog lovers and those who like a little mystery—the reader does not find out until the end of the book how each character’s story relates others. This is perfect for a read-aloud or to read alone."
-Library Media Connection, October 2012
American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Month
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Little Dog, Lost (Atheneum, 2012) by Newbery Honor winner Marion Dane Bauer is the heartwarming story of a boy who needs a dog, and a dog who needs a boy—a match made in heaven if only the two can meet! This touching novel in verse will captivate readers. A guide for the novel including discussion questions, simile and persuasive letter writing activities, and more is available free (http://www.mariondanebauer.com/bkpages/bk_littledog.html). Grades 3-7.
SLM, September 2012
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a good book
I love children's literature, and this little book about a boy who needs a dog (and a dog who needs a boy) is a gem. The illustrations are adorable, and the characters are memorable. It is geared toward younger children so be aware of that when selecting this as a gift. But for those people of any age who love a tale/tail with a happy ending , I think you'll enjoy this book!
This is a book to remember. Inexpensive, interesting and unforgettable. All in the format of poems.
This book was an awesome read, and very well-written. My 6 yr old loved this book, and is looking forward to more from this author; she did not want to put it down. Adults will enjoy this story as much as she did.
Probably a good book, but it is for young reader, my accident there:-)
I totally love this book!!!! In fact i adire this book so if you want to read it i engiurage you to read it!!!!! But the reasin i give it a 4 str was u jusr didn't like when the little dog got lost :(
Book in verse. - great for reluctant readers. The very sweet little story of a displaced dog, a boy in want/need of a daog, and an old man in need of anyone. Buddy has been placed in a new home with a person wo doesn't dislike dogs but doesn't know what to do with them either. Mark is a little boy alone with his mother who is lonely. He has friends but they all have pets to love. Mr. Larue has inherited a large property but has no one to share it with. He is also very shy. Mark and his friends decide the town needs a dog park. Mark's mother, the mayor and the town council are approached, but is Larue who saves the day by sharing his property for use as a dog park. Little Buddy is taken in by Mark and his reluctant mother. The world and all is right in the town of erthly.
Love it! Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer is a wonderful book, and if you read it I think you would like it. I like the book because it was emotional. I felt happy in the beginning and a few pages after the happy parts, it gets sad and I felt like I wanted to cry. The resolution made me warm and fuzzy inside. The final reason I like it is because when the little boy found out his mom wouldn't let him keep the dog, he ran away. He was very bold. The book is about a little boy who wanted to keep his dog, but he had to move to the city and where he lived didn't accept dog. The little boy had to give his dog to his moms friend to watch. One day the little dog dug a hole in the yard and got out and got lost. Another boy named Mark found him and he knew his mom wouldn't let him keep him. Later, his mom told him to come inside but Mark told his mom how he was not going to live with his dad, brother, sister or his mom if they didn’t let him keep the little dog. One of my favorite parts is when when the little boy ran away and didn't come inside when his mom called him. I like this part because it reminds me of my sister, but she doesn't run away. My second favorite part is when they were talking about the little boy and the dog. Something special happens and it made me so happy. My final favorite part is when the little dog kissed the first little boy on the mouth. This happened again with Mark. This made me happy because my little puppy and I kissed before, and it reminded me of my puppy. In conclusion, I think if you were to read this book you would like it a lot. If you read it, tell me your favorite parts and if you liked this book.*4th grade student
This book is the worst book I have ever read.
It was okay
I like puppies: )
Kiss your hand post this on three differant books and look under your pillow.