Published by Chronicle Books
Summary: When Nicky’s Uncle Everton leaves for some around-the-world travel, he drops of his dog Barkus for the family to look after. It’s love at first sight for Nicky, and each short chapter tells a humorous tale about the girl and her dog: Barkus sneaks into school, throws himself a birthday party, and adopts a kitten. In the final chapter, the family goes camping, and Nicky tells them a bedtime story about their family as they snuggle together in their tent. This book is billed as book #1, so readers can look forward to more Barkus tales ahead. 56 pages; grades K-3.
Pros: A perfect choice for beginning or reluctant readers, written by Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, and illustrated with bright cartoon-style pictures.
Cons: Librarians may have a tough time deciding if this belongs with the easy readers or chapter books.