Luna is a farm puppy who loves to dance, and has only known a happy, serene life surrounded by her mother, Mutt, and her siblings, and cared for by Gilberto, the son of farm workers. Read more...
Luna is a farm puppy who loves to dance, and has only known a happy, serene life surrounded by her mother, Mutt, and her siblings, and cared for by Gilberto, the son of farm workers. But now Gilberto and his parents have moved on, and Mr. Thomas the farmer doesn't feel he can take care of a whole family of dogs. He finds new homes for the puppies, not realizing that the man who took Luna and her brother does not have their best interests at heart. Luna and Chief, hungry and scared, are trapped in the smelly barn of a puppy mill--until they take matters into their own paws and find a way to escape. But can Luna and Chief find their way home? With a lovable cast of animal characters and endearing illustrations, this charming story is a perfect read-aloud for fans of classic children's novels like Gentle Ben, A Cricket in Times Square, and Shiloh.
- ISBN-13: 9780525427780
- ISBN-10: 0525427783
- Publisher: Dial Books
- Publish Date: March 2016
- Page Count: 256
- Reading Level: Ages 9-12
- Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Salamon and Weber trade the feline focus and urban setting of Cat in the City for an endearing tale of a mother dog and her good-natured puppies, set on a farm cozily evoked in the artists spot illustrations. Salamons uplifting story begins when a golden-red dog wanders onto a farm and rescues the owners cat from an attack by a fisher, earning her the right to stay. Called Mutt by the farmer, she settles in as watchdog and delivers a litter of four, who live happily under the care of a migrant workers son, Gilbert. Gilbert teaches puppy Luna to dance, which brings her joy and celebrity on the farm, but circumstances soon change, and Luna and her brother Chief end up in a puppy mill. Their ensuing journey back to a happy life swings predictably between successes and setbacks, but both dogs fulfill their mothers promisethat they will find their own special talents. Mutts musings on motherhood add thoughtful notes, and while the ending almost stretches credibility, its tempered by her realistic concluding confession: Sometimes a promise is a hope, not a prediction. Ages 812. Agent: Kathy Robbins, Robbins Office. (Mar.)