‘DOG DIARIES: BARRY’
BY KATE KLIMO
The third installment in The Dog Diaries series continues to be both entertaining and educational.
Barry der Menschenretter — the most famous St. Bernard dog in history — tells the story of his life for the first time. Since the 11th century, his breed has been bred and trained to help rescue travelers lost in the snow.
With great modesty, Barry tells not just about his own heroic exploits (saving over 40 lives, including that of a 12-year-old boy frozen in a cave), but about his daily life in the hospice., his close relationship with his trainers, and about the other hospice hounds with whom he teams up to guide lost travelers and save lives.
With realistic black-and-white illustrations by Tim Jessell — plus an appendix with information about St. Bernards, the Great St. Bernard Hospice, and much more — Barry’s tale is perfect for dog-crazy middle-grade readers.
‘COWBOY BOYD AND MIGHTY CALLIOPE’
BY LISa MOSER
There is no other horse quite like Calliope. She’s short. She’s slow. She’s lumpy. She’s a rhinoceros.
Still, Cowboy Boyd has a real strong belief in Calliope and her ability to help out the crew at the Double R Ranch.
Boyd and Calliope try to prove themselves to the ranchers by rounding up strays and hauling posts, but it just doesn’t look like it’s going to work out. That is, until a storm drives all the cattle away from the ranch. They need someone real special to bring them back…
In “Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope,” Lisa Moser bring her trademark humor and creates a smart and silly story of a cowboy and his beloved steed — who just happens to be a rhinoceros. This comical twist on cowboy lore will delight young readers — and even bring a smile to their parents’ faces.