Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs. In each chapter he tells of one special dog, among them Cookie, the sled dog who saved his life; Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Dirk, the grim protector; and his true friend Josh, a brilliant border collie.
About the Author
Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet and Dogsong. His novel The Haymeadow received the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award. Among his Random House books are The Glass Cafe; How Angel Peterson Got His Name; Caught by the Sea; Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books; The Beet Fields; Alida s Song (a companion to The Cookcamp); Soldier s Heart; The Transall Saga; My Life in Dog Years; Sarny: A Life Remembered (a companion to Nightjohn); Brian s Return, Brian s Winter and Brian s Hunt (companions to Hatchet); Father Water, Mother Woods and five books about Francis Tucket s adventures in the Old West. Gary Paulsen has also published fiction and nonfiction for adults, as well as picture books illustrated by his wife, the painter Ruth Wright Paulsen. Their most recent book is Canoe Days. The Paulsens live in New Mexico and on the Pacific Ocean.
Ruth has illustrated several books by her husband.
* "Guaranteed to charm animal lovers and Paulsen's fans. . . . Something to please at every turn of the page. . . . This honest, unpretentious celebration of dogs further entrenches his reputation as an author who is as successful at writing nonfiction as he is at writing novels."
--Booklist, starred review
"Paulsen is a master storyteller with a dry wit. . . . Gives readers a real sense of how the man looks at these animals."
--School Library Journal
* "Here's a treat to make Paulsen fans sit up and beg for more.... His writing percolates with energetic love."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review