The Howling Dog

Tracey Campbell Pearson, Author Farrar Straus Giroux $13.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-374-33502-1
In a sleepy country hamlet, ``The moon was up and all was quiet in the town, until . . . the Howling Dog began to bark.'' She breaks free of her clothesline tether and proceeds to run amok, waking up assorted members of the community--human and animal alike. The Weatherbees' dog and cat, ``the Burgs' chickens, who woke up the Burgs,'' Farmer John's cows and family--all are roused by the canine's persistent cacophony. Once the whole town is up, the Howling Dog, ``no longer lonely,'' is one pacified pooch. All (dog included) return to their beds, as the sun rises over a blissfully bucolic landscape. Though somewhat slight, Pearson's ( The Storekeeper ; Old MacDonald Had a Farm ) endearing, gently humorous tale is a winning--if slightly unorthodox--bedtime read. Her boisterous animals and rumpled citizenry are lovingly depicted--inhabiting a fetching town that would make Thornton Wilder proud. As usual, Pearson makes a virtue of simplicity. Ages 2-up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
Prebound-Sewn - 1 pages - 978-0-606-07681-4
Paperback - 978-0-374-43332-1
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