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A Dog Called Kitty

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  2,815 Ratings  ·  248 Reviews
The puppy was small and fuzzy, with a friendly, wagging tail -- and Ricky was afraid of him!
No wonder, since he was attacked by a dog when he was just a baby. So when a stray puppy comes sniffling around the farm, Ricky tells it to get lost.
But the puppy keeps trying to play with Ricky. And every time Ricky's Mom feeds the cats, the little dog comes running. The cats are
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Aladdin (first published September 1980)
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Jan 28, 2009 Taylor rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because I'm a dog lover and i think Bill Wallace is a great author. This book is of a boy who hates dogs ever since he was attacked by one. Even though the puppy is tiny and skinny, with sad brown eyes and a friendly, wagging tail, Rick(the boy) doesn't want it hanging around the farm.The barn cats hate to share food with the puppy and it looks as if the puppy will starve to death unless someone comes to rescue. Ricky may be afraid of dog, but he doesn't want to see one ...more
Oct 09, 2016 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers
This book was so well-written I probably would have rated it four stars if not for two things. One, the parents. Moving your entire family out to another state with absolutely no warning or discussion with your wife is a jerk move, 'Dad,' and treating your son as if he's a useless coward because he's afraid of dogs, particularly when he had a traumatic experience with one, is just mean. The other thing is the ending. (view spoiler) ...more
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Jul 02, 2013 Leah rated it it was amazing
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Jul 18, 2013 Jenni Lea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nostalgia
Oh wow, this was my most favorite book when I was a kid! I must have read this book literally HUNDREDS of times growing up. I remember I had an autographed copy of the hardcover edition. I obtained it when I met Mr. Wallace when he came to my school when I was in third or fourth grade. I think it had just been published. This book was the beginning of my love affair with reading. Thinking about it, I am now sad that I don't know what happened to my autographed copy.

I very highly recommend this b
Sep 23, 2010 Cole rated it liked it
I remember this book!
Sep 30, 2016 Mariann rated it it was amazing
Such a good book, almost brought tears to my eyes!
Feb 28, 2010 $hanel rated it it was amazing
A Dog Called Kitty (a strange name for a dog but oh well) is about a 10 year old boy named Ricky who is absolutely terrified of BIG scary dogs (its OK Ricky I am too!) and has been ever since he had a extra scary dog attack he had when he was little. Ricky moves to a farm and gets settled in until he meets a innocent looking brown scruffy dog that nobody could resist! Ricky is still scared of the small puppy and the dog causes no harm especially cause he is homeless. Small scruffy brown dog begi ...more
Jul 02, 2009 Doreen rated it it was ok
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Nov 25, 2013 Marlee rated it it was ok
I read this book to my 9 and 6 year olds. My 6 year old wanted to read it because of the title. She didn't end up liking it at all and stopped listening before we finished. I didn't like it either. Though I realize it is told by a child, the grammar is so awful that if I didn't edit it as I read, neither of my children could understand what Rickey was saying. Also, most of the relationships in the story are somewhat dysfunctional and almost frightening. Things that were meant to be completely no ...more
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Recommends it for: Everyone!
A dog called kitty is a great book! The main character Rickey has hated dogs ever since he got attacked when he was just little. But he cant resist a stray dog skinny dirty those doggy brown eyes. Ricky DOES NOT want this dog just hanging around the farm though! The cats wont share the food with this poor dog so he is going to have to starve to death until Ricky actually thinks to feed him! So Ricky thought of a plan he will feed the dog get it back to normal then run it off! Can Rickey overcome ...more
Andre D.
Aug 31, 2016 Andre D. rated it really liked it
This was a good book. I could not get my eyes out of this book, because it was too good. It reminded me of Bill's other books, because it was about a dog. However, certain parts of it did not make sense (spoiler alert). The fact that the puppy lived that long with very little food did not make sense, nor how he climbed the fence like a cat, or how he lived through the dog attack (I guess the last one makes a little more sense).
This is a story of love, death, and fear. Overall it was a good boo
Sarah Maddaford
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Sep 17, 2008 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids & dog lovers
I believe I first read this book when I was in middle school. And, yes, I cried. I've re-read it a number of times since then because it's a fast read; one quiet afternoon is all it takes. And, yes, I still cry. I'm a sucker for stories like these. I still have the original book from middle school and hope that my son & daughter read it, too.
Mimi Clarke
Jan 29, 2016 Mimi Clarke rated it really liked it
I think that this book is a good book because it talks about a relationship between two enemies who became best friends.
Mar 10, 2016 Nana rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, friendship
This book was so sad and kind of poignant...I felt like crying at some parts but all in all it was really good.
Jan 16, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Seriously I loved this book. I wore out my own as a kid and when a friend was getting ready to move (in high school) I saw that she had a copy and now have hers. I cried so hard.....
Krista syrstad
Sep 17, 2013 Krista syrstad rated it it was amazing
the first time i read this book i was in fourth grade.i cried so much because of this book but it was worth it because it was a wonderful book
Mar 18, 2013 Twyla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: auryn-s-books
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Jan 11, 2013 Jeanie rated it really liked it
Sometimes it's good to go back to your childhood.
Oct 01, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
This book was a favorite when I was young, read it a few times and each time made me cry.
Diana Ward
Jan 03, 2017 Diana Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: This book is about a little boy who was deathly afraid of dogs and how he overcame it. When Ricky was just a toddler he was playing outside the apartment, when this dog came along. Just like any other child, Ricky tried to pet it but the dog had rabies and attacked Ricky!!! Ever since then he’s been so scared of dogs. So when a little starving puppy comes along Ricky tells it to get lost and Ricky's cats attack the little puppy. He finally gets used to the little puppy being around and ...more
Jan 03, 2017 P.E.N.N.Y. rated it it was amazing
This is a childhood favorite. It's just awesome. It's so sweet and honest. I don't usually read from this genera, and while it may carry some of its stereo typical plot lines, it's not nearly as attention grabbing books. Because of that, whenever I read this book, it's a lot easier to take a step back, and view my own world, instead of world of the made up by the author. However, I also have to read No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman, just to get me in a good mood. If you're looking for a nice, ...more
Jan 01, 2017 Cici rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Older children - not too sensitive
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Nov 12, 2016 Reagan rated it it was amazing
Ricky is afraid of dogs because he got attacked by one when he was little. When a fluffy stray puppy comes to his house, Ricky is afraid. The dog wants to be fed. It keeps coming back, and it keeps getting no food. This dog will starve if Ricky doesn't feed it. Will the dog die? Will Ricky be brave? Read this book to find out!
I love this book! It is really nice. You have got to read this book. I kept reading this book because it was so interesting.
Cameron Chasse
Nov 02, 2016 Cameron Chasse rated it it was ok
It was mostly descent, but it was very violent near the ending. I would have rated it five stars if it did not have all that violence. It got very violent when Ricky went to get a mother cow and her calf the second time. I love dogs, so it was very sad to me.
Nov 06, 2016 Tierra rated it it was amazing
I like it
Nov 14, 2016 Ariel rated it it was amazing
this book is good but it is a little sad so if you read it is sad
Oct 26, 2016 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Sad, but really good
Oct 13, 2016 Rileyw rated it liked it
this book is so sad it made me want to cry the sadness was so well sad. But if I didn't read the last chapter it would have been fine, but I thought it was almost the same problem as in Red Dog another .
book from Bill Wallace if you haven't read Red dog this book might be considered a 4 star book

the plot was very clear but it takes a long time to get to the conflict and the conflict doesn't seem that major to me but the overall outlook on this book is outstanding even though there are defiantly
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anita 5 21 Oct 08, 2014 01:58AM  
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Former elementary school teacher; West Elementary School, Chickasha, OK, principal, since 1977, and physical education teacher. Speaker at schools and universities in various states, including State University of New York and University of South Florida.


Bluebonnet Award from Texas Association of School Librarians and Children's Round Table and Sequoyah Children's Book Award from Oklahoma St
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