The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Written by Eoin Colfer
Illustrated by P.J. Lynch

The two voices in this amazing new book are a puppy and a young boy. In this way, the author gives a fairly accurate picture of what both are thinking and feeling. Dog is ripped away from his family before he is ready and delivered into an abusive family. When they literally dump him, he winds up in a shelter. Patrick takes him home. Remembering how much trouble his barking caused, he hides in the travel crate, doesn’t make a sound, and refuses to eat. Only through patience and music is Patrick able to make friends with OZ the dog. Patrick’s parents are breaking up, though they haven’t shared that information with Patrick. Oz and Patrick are able to help each other with difficult times, a theme very important to present to the reader.

Detailed pencil drawings give a face to the story, making the characters even more wonderful.

In a short time, this uplifting story already appears on many best-of lists.

  • The Dog Who Lost His BarkTitle: The Dog Who Lost His Bark
  • Author: Eoin Colfer
  • Illustrator: P.J. Lynch
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2019
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
  • Grade Level: 2 to 5
  • Genre: Rescue dogs, Divorce, Friendship
  • ISBN: 978-1-5362-0442-1

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