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Meet Barkus. Barkus is loyal. Barkus is generous. Barkus is family. The exuberant Barkus and his lucky young owner whirl and twirl across the pages of this delightful pre-chapter book series from award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The accessible text is ideal for even the newest independent reader, while the warm, humorous story and energetic illustrations will appeal to picture book readers as well as advanced readers.
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Patricia MacLachlan is an incredibly versatile author whose titles range from picture books to novels, including the Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall. Barkus was inspired by the imagined adventures of her neighbor's dog. She lives in Massachusetts. Marc Boutavant is an internationally acclaimed illustrator who has illustrated a wide range of books, and has had work featured in the New York Times and the New Yorker . His previous titles for Chronicle include Around the World with Mouk and For Just One Day as well as the All Aboard Train Puzzle and Matching Game, the Sky High Building Puzzle and The Night Before Christmas Pop-Up Advent Calendar. He lives in Paris, France.


"A top pick for chapter book collections."-School Library Journal, starred review "Will appeal to fans of the Henry and Mudge series as well as to the younger picture-book audience."-Kirkus Reviews "My new obsession: BARKUS! A perfect beginning chapter book to help independent readers to build confidence--with fun short, interconnected stories detailing the ebullient adventures of a girl and her dog. Boutavant imbues Barkus with a distinct (and precisely canine) personality--a raised ear here, a blissful leap there--and matches the cheerful stories with bright, sunny colors. Guaranteed to leave readers with a smile and longing for Book 2! And possibly, probably wanting a Barkus of their own."--Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop "The charm is infectious."--The New York Times "Stories that will make everyone want a dog like Barkus."--Imagination Soup "Fans will be begging for more."-The Horn Book Magazine "An upbeat collection of five stories that bridges picture book and chapter book terrain."- Publishers Weekly "Will delight, in particular, child readers who are fond of animals."--Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews

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