Planet Of The Dogs

Planet Of The Dogs


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ISBN-13: 9780978692803
Publisher: Barking Planet Productions
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 0.22(w) x 6.69(h) x 9.61(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

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Planet Of The Dogs 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
theancientreader on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I love this series of books and this first, Planet of the Dogs, sets the stage for those works that follow. The earth, during the time this story takes place, is taken from a time past. It would be difficult to nail the exact era in which the story takes place, but medieval would probably be the closest call. Anyway, the people of earth at that time were without dogs. The people at that time were loosing the ability to love and to be loyal. This of course is where the dogs come in. The dogs of Planet of the Dogs live in complete harmony. They do not lie, cheat, steal or have any of the other bad traits we humans have. The dogs become aware of the problems on Earth and decide to take action. This story boarders between reality, a dream world, fantasy, fiction, reality and wonderful imagination. People here on Earth are in trouble with many of the evils they create for themselves, and as in real life, dogs are much brighter about such things than we are. The author has done a wonderful job of weaving this tale, making it a first rate fantasy read, while at the same time addressing quite real problems and indeed, how to fix those problems.This book can be, and should be, read on several different levels. First, it is completely appropriate for children from about the age of eight and up. While not a beginning reader by any means, the story could be read to children of a younger age and I feel there would be complete understanding with little explanation of the reader¿s part. Secondly, this book is quite sneaky about throwing in wonderful facts about dogs, such as their ability and method of communication, life style, temperament and abilities. Thirdly; this book makes some very insightful observations of the general human condition; not only in the setting of the story, but are just as applicable now as then. Fourthly; these books are excellent motivators, not only for reading, but for generally living life as it should be led. Finally, the entire work is almost irritable to dog lovers. The nine illustrations included in this work are brilliantly done. The artist (and note that I do use the term ¿artist¿ rather than illustrator in this case), has given us soft, charcoal type drawings which are extremely detailed, while at the same time having a misty surreal quality about them that is absolutely charming. This is not an easy fete to pull off, I know, I¿ve tried, and it is perfectly done with this work. Stella Mustanoja McCarty knows her dogs and captures them beautifully. She also captures the feeling of the story perfectly and you can see it in each line she draws.Robert J. McCarty seems to have the ability to write in a way that is quite attractive to children and at the same time is able to write and tell a story that will not numb the mind of the adult whom is reading the work to or with the child. Each chapter of this book is short, the story moves right along, and the young reader quickly becomes completely engrossed with the story line. This is an ideal book to read to a group of children and an ideal work to be read either by the individual child or with a parent or loved one. There are so many good lessons to be learned here! Young readers, who love fantasy, dogs, history and simply a good, fast moving story, will love this one. This is a book that belongs on their shelves. Don BlankenshipThe Ozarks
lisalouhoo on LibraryThing 7 months ago
In Planet of the Dogs we are introduced to the world long, long, ago, before there were dogs on earth. The dogs have their own planet, where they live in a healthy and helpful society which is presided over by the dog council. When they find out that the people in the peaceful villages of the earth are under threat of attack from the warriors of Stone City, the dogs all agree it is time to act. They have observed enough about the planet earth to know that the adults will not accept them very readily; but the children, who are more open, and can even understand the language of the dogs, should be approached first. Can the dogs win over the people of earth so that they will trust them and let them help, or will the dogs fail in their mission, and the fierce warriors overcome the village?This is a great story, full of adventure, fun, and fantasy. What child could help but be delighted and enthralled by the thought of dog biscuit trees, and fields of flowers which unbelievably transport you to another world, a world inhabited only by dogs. There is a perfect amount of conflict in the book to keep the story moving along, and yet the kindness and love of the dogs is always there to counteract the encroaching danger.The book also contains very detailed and stunning drawings, which add to the overall atmosphere of the book.I would reccomend this book for children from ages four to twelve, and all dog lovers.
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
Did you ever wonder how dogs came to be man's best friend? I'm sure that there is some historical explanation, although it may be shrouded in the mists of prehistoric times. But in your mind's eye think back to those times and just imagine for a minute that there is a planet far out in the sky, on the other side of the sun, inhabited by intelligent dogs who live in peace and happiness. As the book opens, the dogs learn that there is trouble on earth. Bik, the greedy leader of the war-like Stone tribe of Stone City, is planning to invade and conquer the peaceful people of Lake Village and surrounding Green Valley. Therefore, the dogs bring Daisy and Bean, the daughter and son of a farm family in Green Valley, to the Planet of the Dogs and explain the situation to them. There had been no dogs on earth before, so three dogs, Lucy, Robbie, Buddy, are sent by their queen Miss Merrie to go back to earth with the children to convince the people of Green Valley that dogs can help them. At first some of the people are afraid of the new animals, but as the dogs assist people in protecting their livestock from bears, providing companionship for the lonely, and even finding lost children, most everyone finally agrees that the dogs are good. But when the Stone tribe comes, can the dogs to anything to help defend Green Valley, and if so, will it work? Author Robert J. McCarty has created a charming fantasy-allegory that can be read and understood on at least two different levels. Children will enjoy the story about dogs who come from another planet to help people on earth. But under the surface are the important messages of friendship, love, loyalty, and how to overcome evil with good. Stella Mustanoja McCarty's black and white shaded drawings are delightful companions to the text. Two sequels are now available, Castle in the Mist, and Snow Valley Heroes: A Christmas Tale. Barking Planet Productions supports therapy dog reading programs across the country with book donations. Both old and young, especially dog lovers, will find Planet of the Dogs an enchanting tale.
mom2kchmwr More than 1 year ago
Reading this story reminded me of home. I remember life was busy as missionaries in the north of Canada, but during the summer months things slowed down a little and we would leave the north for the prairies and go camping along the way - between visits and stays with family and friends. Those nights in the campgrounds I remember my dad telling a story that he was making up. The Planet of the Dogs story is familiar - not the story itself but the tone. I liked reading this book.

The description in the book is simple - the terms used and the sentence format. The chapters are easy to read and short. I'm not entirely sure of the target audience but other reviews I read were from 8-12 year old children who really enjoyed the book as well. I would suggest this book for that age group; simple to read with a great story. It is also at this age that the love of something becomes big in the life of a child - love of horses, or dogs or other such animals. This book is great for the dog lovers in your family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Planet of the Dogs is an adorable children¿s book¿especially for kids who love dogs. On a deeper level, this work teaches lessons relevant to today¿s word namely that loving one another unconditionally is better than greed and war, and natural environments are better for people than crowded cities. The author is able to impart these principles in a way suitable for children to understand. As well, the original illustrations add an extra dimension to the Planet of the Dogs. My children and I look forward to reading more books from the Planet of the Dogs series. I give it five stars. Charyl Miller Pingleton--Author and owner of the book review blog 'Uncommon Review.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW. Be prepared to be drawn right in. I was! Very good writing and excellent storytelling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Planet of the Dogs teaches us valuable lessons of living in peace and harmony. Dogs naturally love unconditionally, and Robert McCarty portrays this easily and beautifully. This book will teach children, through the subtle, true expressive messages of the dogs, what really matters in life. Green Valley and its lessons should be something we all strive for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Planet Of The Dogs is a great fantasy that dog lovers of any age will enjoy. This book shows us a better world where kindness rules.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I simply loved every word, thought, drawing and everything about the book. If only our future world leaders read the Planet Of The Dogs, we might have a better world. The dogs and their wonderful personalities, the way they solve problems, the beautiful drawings all make this a special book. I was sorry to have to leave them all when the book was read. It is just delightful!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
#1. Convert cat people to dog lovers. Now my grandchildren's cats can't compete with dogs. I just finished reading Planet of the Dogs for seven-year-old Ava. She barked and howled through the climax where the peace loving people of Green Valley, joined by their newfound canine allies, battled against the horseback-mounted warriors of Stone City---so much for Jonathan Swift's Houyhnhnms. #2. Ava's nine-year-old brother, Torin, read Planet in less than a week. Now he's working on a plan with his sister to trade one of their two cats for a dog---a poodle like Lucy or a shepherd like Buddy. #3. That's how much my grand-children loved Planet of the Dogs. How good was it for me? I cried, I laughed, I wanted to be taken for a walk by my Airedale Terrier, Rusty.