Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
There’s a big commotion in town, and a young boy discovers in amazement what it’s all about. A big dog with a bucket stuck on its face is loose in town, and nobody can catch him. Jimmy and his dad come up with a plan to catch the dog before the dog-catcher and a group of boys can. But time is running out. Will the plan work?
"Stay back, son," a woman called from the crowd.
Jimmy didn't pay any attention. I'm 10-years-old, he thought to himself. I can outrun any alley monster.
When the two men and Jimmy got within about 15 feet of the monster, it seemed to be aware of them for the first time. It snapped its head toward them and stood still with its legs spread apart, like it was going to jump. It made a scary hissing noise.
The skinny man backed up until he ran into the brick wall. His face turned white and he was trembling.
Jimmy squeezed his handlebars tightly and slowly turned the wheel to the side, so he could make a quick getaway.
Then the older man made a laughing sound and dropped down on one knee. "Come here, boy," he said. Then he whistled a little bit. "Come on. I'll help you."
The crowd had gotten big by now, and lots of people had pushed almost as far down the alley, as the two men and Jimmy.
"What is it?" a man yelled. "Do we need a gun?"
"No, no. No gun," the older man called out. "It's a big 'ol dog with a bucket stuck on its head."COLLAPSE
This is a delightful book for younger readers. Jimmy, the main character, is full of spirit and Bucky, the dog, is every boy's dream come true. The vocabulary is age-appropriate and there is a nice, almost old-fashioned sense of place in the little town. The book builds some solid suspense over the question of whether or not Jimmy and Bucky will find each other. The author also includes some common sense advice about children dealing with stray dogs. The story is well-written, includes some humorous illustrations and all in all is a fun little book. Highly recommended.
Paperback-Color - $12.99
Paperback-B&W - $10.99