Barkus
The adventures of a playful pup and his young owner.

Barkus Details

TitleBarkus
Author
FormatHardcover
ReleaseJun 6th, 2017
PublisherChronicle Books
ISBN1452111820
ISBN-139781452111827
Number of pages56 pages
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Fiction, Chapter Books, Dogs, Humor

Barkus Review

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    January 22, 2017
    Odd size for a early reader and also a bit more for 2nd grade readers.
  • Stephanie Tournas
    March 30, 2017
    An early chapter book with relatable, diverse characters and an adorable dog. Nicky's uncle gives her a dog named Barkus. In short chapters, Barkus's adventures with Nicky unfold: Barkus follows Nicky to school and becomes the class pet; Barkus has a party; he finds a pet of his own; and while camping in the back yard Nicky tells Barkus the story of his life. Easy text with familiar school and family themes and fun colorful cartoons make this an appealing read for kids new to chapters.
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  • 29Shift
    May 15, 2017
    Hooray for Barkus! Veteran author Patricia Maclachlan and the talented Marc Boutavant have teamed up for a brand new chapter book series about family and friendship - human, canine, and feline. “Barkus” is a very early chapter book, perfect for kids just getting their feet wet with longer stories, and is divided into very distinct chapter. Each chapter is self-contained story, but they still build on each other to create a complete narrative. The first book follows Nicky as her uncle gifts her B Hooray for Barkus! Veteran author Patricia Maclachlan and the talented Marc Boutavant have teamed up for a brand new chapter book series about family and friendship - human, canine, and feline. “Barkus” is a very early chapter book, perfect for kids just getting their feet wet with longer stories, and is divided into very distinct chapter. Each chapter is self-contained story, but they still build on each other to create a complete narrative. The first book follows Nicky as her uncle gifts her Barkus, an intelligent and lovable pup, and as Barkus adopts Baby, a stray kitten. Together Nicky, her furry friends, and her parents bond as a family. Barkus also manages to get to school with Nicky and becomes a very helpful, if not traditional, fixture in the classroom. While Nicky and her family are white, her classroom is notably diverse. The strengths of Barkus are in the simple text which still manages to convey an engaging story and the beautiful, enticing illustrations. Highly recommended!
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  • Lisa
    June 29, 2017
    This is the first in a series about Barkus, a loyal and loving dog, and Nicky, his owner. Five short chapters tell the tale of how Barkus became a part of Nicky's family and how that family grew to also include a cat named Baby. Each chapter is amusing and sweet. In one, Barkus follows Nicky to school. In another, Barkus's dog friends join him at his party where they eat cookies and dance in celebration. In the last chapter, Nicky tells Barkus the story of how he came to live with here, which is This is the first in a series about Barkus, a loyal and loving dog, and Nicky, his owner. Five short chapters tell the tale of how Barkus became a part of Nicky's family and how that family grew to also include a cat named Baby. Each chapter is amusing and sweet. In one, Barkus follows Nicky to school. In another, Barkus's dog friends join him at his party where they eat cookies and dance in celebration. In the last chapter, Nicky tells Barkus the story of how he came to live with here, which is a retelling of the events that took place throughout the book. The illustrations are colorful and capture Nicky's joy and Barkus's energy. This is a great book for early readers.
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  • Teresa Bateman
    March 21, 2017
    I received an ARC of this book, which will come out in June of 2017 and promises to be the first of a series. Nicky's uncle has given her an unusual present--a very large dog named Barkus. This changes everything. Four short chapters have warm and loving adventures to tell as Barkus settles into his new life, and Nicky finds the joys of pet ownership, like doggy parties. When Barkus adopts a kitten everything now seems complete. This simple yet heart-warming book will be a hit with dog-lovers wh I received an ARC of this book, which will come out in June of 2017 and promises to be the first of a series. Nicky's uncle has given her an unusual present--a very large dog named Barkus. This changes everything. Four short chapters have warm and loving adventures to tell as Barkus settles into his new life, and Nicky finds the joys of pet ownership, like doggy parties. When Barkus adopts a kitten everything now seems complete. This simple yet heart-warming book will be a hit with dog-lovers who are just learning to enjoy chapter books.
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  • Tara
    June 27, 2017
    A longer picture book, better suited for older kids.
  • Danielle
    June 28, 2017
    I love when I find this style of very early chapter book for my students. They love reading books in this style (like Bink & Gollie), and the story is great!
  • Katie
    June 6, 2017
    Sweet story about a girl and her dog. Reminds me of Henry and Mudge.
  • Pam
    June 8, 2017
    An early chapter book for young readers. Lovely illustrations support the story about this young girl and her new dog. The chapters take us through several months of their life together.
  • Kaila
    June 21, 2017
    something about the illustrations is very retro and charming. cute!
  • Ms.Gaye
    February 17, 2017
    Love these google-eyed characters and their antics. Early chapter book for ages 5-8.
  • Karen Arendt
    June 12, 2017
    Cute story about a dog that joins the family.
  • Diane
    June 16, 2017
    Nicky's Uncle Everton gives her a dog while he's travelling abroad. Barkus is an instant hit with Nicky.
  • Kristin
    June 26, 2017
    The tale of Barkus the dog is told through five different stories in a book for beginning readers.
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    March 24, 2017
    Beautiful polka - dotted endpapers! A decent early chapter books, but the illustrations are not the centerpiece in this book and consequently are other fantastic.
  • Lynn
    March 17, 2017
    Another strong entry from Chronicle books for young readers. This one for newly independent readers has 5 chapters about the arrival of Barkus, Uncle Everton's big brown dog. Nicky is delighted, her family is quickly won over and everyone has fun, including the readers. Bright funny illustrations encourage readers as well as providing visual clues for decoding text. Sentences are mostly simple but also include the use of small phrases which extend reader's skills and confidence. Each inviting ch Another strong entry from Chronicle books for young readers. This one for newly independent readers has 5 chapters about the arrival of Barkus, Uncle Everton's big brown dog. Nicky is delighted, her family is quickly won over and everyone has fun, including the readers. Bright funny illustrations encourage readers as well as providing visual clues for decoding text. Sentences are mostly simple but also include the use of small phrases which extend reader's skills and confidence. Each inviting chapter is a complete story and I think everyone's favorite will be the one in which Barkus brings home a kitten. In a field crowded with many mediocre examples, this one shines in so many ways.
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  • Great Books
    March 2, 2017
    Beloved children's author MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall) delivers a book for early readers that dog-loving children everywhere will love. Barkus, a dog with much personality, goes to school with his girl, Nicky, finds a "baby" (a little kitty) whom he adopts, and has dog pals who drop by for his birthday party. Beginning readers will love reading this very easy chapter book, first in a series all about Barkus!Reviewer #3
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  • Barbara
    February 24, 2017
    Five interlocking stories about Barkus who comes into the home of his new human companion when her uncle must travel show how much a dog can change someone's life. Although her parents aren't sure about her new companion, Nicky is, and they bond immediately. Some second and third grades will be able to enjoy this one independently, especially since there isn't too much text but quite a few colorful illustrations. I'm guessing that many readers will love the idea of Barkus finding his own pet, a Five interlocking stories about Barkus who comes into the home of his new human companion when her uncle must travel show how much a dog can change someone's life. Although her parents aren't sure about her new companion, Nicky is, and they bond immediately. Some second and third grades will be able to enjoy this one independently, especially since there isn't too much text but quite a few colorful illustrations. I'm guessing that many readers will love the idea of Barkus finding his own pet, a kitten named Baby, and how they fit seamlessly into the family's lifestyle. It will be interesting to see in what direction this new animal series will go. I find it quite useful as a read aloud, as will anyone who loves animals at all. The last story in which Barkus is disinterested in any story that has nothing to do with him made me smile. After all, animals love to hear their names and maybe their stories.
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  • Mary Librarian
    February 28, 2017
    I love Patricia MacLachlan's new early reader book and I'm thrilled it is going to be a series.Nicky is spunky and Barbus is a great dog. I also love the special addition to the family that comes along.The text is broken into short chapters and has repetition that will help kids learning to read build confidence and it is also prefect for reading aloud.From advanced reader copy.
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  • Jillian Heise
    February 22, 2017
    A delightfully adorable early chapter book; Barkus is out in June. You'll want it for your early transitional readers, especially those who like dogs. It is 56 pages long, so better saves those in between readers who are ready for more text.
  • Michele Knott
    February 6, 2017
    I didn't know what shelf to put this book on - seems too long for an early chapter book, yet too young for a transitional chapter book.I think young readers who are sophisticated readers will enjoy this book the most.
  • Mary
    January 26, 2017
    Cute illustrations and story. Good for 2nd-3rd graders.
  • Kellee
    January 8, 2017
    Teaching guide: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1...
  • Lesley Burnap
    November 18, 2016
    Humorous transitional reader for the dog-loving kid!
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