Children's LiteratureThe author, a master of nonfiction, welcomes readers to the world of wild dogs with this fact-filled, educational title. The text's information on wild dog runs the gamut from ancient canines to those surviving in the modern world. Well-organized and detailed chapters cover dogs from North America, Europe and Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Australia, and Central and South America. Each chapter contains a map highlighted to show where wild dogs roam. A few illustrations and a plethora of close-up, quality photos enhance the pages. Facts about some of the dogs include weight, length, stature, height, and color for easy comparison between similar dogs in a species. Scientific names as well as the more common names are offered. Dog myths and legends are included. Sidebars deliver more knowledge. While the reading may be difficult for readers younger than 12, photos would hold their attention as they look through the book. This is a comprehensive "must-have" for libraries and schools. 2005, Darby Creek Publishing, Ages 12 up.
Nancy Garhan Attebury