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Little Dog, Lost

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  828 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes the tale of a boy who needs a dog, and a dog who needs a boya match made in heaven, if only the two can meet.

Mark is a boy who needs a dog. But he can't get his mom on board with his plan.
Buddy is a dog who needs a boy. Buddy has an owner already, but not one who understands the kind of love and care -the 'something more' a dog
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Asteropê It's a "novel in verse" - it's how they are. Not quite poetry, not quite prose. Some authors pull the format off better than others.
There are tons of…more
It's a "novel in verse" - it's how they are. Not quite poetry, not quite prose. Some authors pull the format off better than others.
There are tons of them, though. See:

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Dec 23, 2013 Sparrow rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Linda
I want a puppy so bad!!! But, I think if I had to go through all the drama of this book in order to get a puppy, that might not be worth it to me.


boxer puppy climbing rock

Sad puppy wants its own girl:

Like Mark, I can’t have a puppy right now. Unlike Mark, I do not spend every waking hour researching puppies. I don’t think I have the devotion or sense of responsibility that Mark seems to have, but maybe when I grow up, I will, and then my mom HOA will let me have a puppy.

This story is in verse, and it is very
Feb 25, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Review of an advance copy:

In a lot of ways, this is a fairly typical dog book. Boy (Mark) desperately needs a dog. Dog (Buddy) desperately needs a boy. However, the telling of the story is quite lovely and what makes this stand out from other dog books. Buddy has lost her boy when his family moves to the city in an apartment which doesn't allow pets. Buddy is left with a friend, a well-meaning woman who doesn't understand dogs. But Mark understands dogs. He has understood them forever, and even
Nov 06, 2016 Macy added it
Title: Little Dog, Lost
Author: Marion Dane Bauer
Illustrator: Jennifer A. Bell
Genre: Chapter book written in verse
Theme(s): Dogs, loneliness, perseverance, do not judge a book by it's cover, never give up
Opening line/sentence:
Little dog, lost. Little black dog with brown paws and a brown mask and a sweet ruffle of brown fur on her bum just beneath her black whip of a tail.
Brief Book Summary:
Little Dog, Lost is a book about three different characters who live in the same town: Buddy, Mark, and Cha
Dec 17, 2013 Emma added it
This book is a very easy and quick read, but I did enjoy it. I really like reading books that are in poetic form, and this one was perfect. The author added a really cool layer. She describes this little dog in detail (poetically). Then she repeated this part throughout the book, which added a nice layer to the book. The only part that I did not like about this book is how the author spoke to you. Sometimes she said things like: "do you know what I am talking about... Maybe not... So I will tell ...more
Christi Dawson
Mar 27, 2015 Christi Dawson rated it really liked it
I have decided to try reading more juvenile fiction since I work in an elementary library and have tons of picture book recommendations for younger kids but haven't read many newer chapter books. This was a very quick read (I read it in bits and pieces in a single morning) and one I think kids who are animal lovers would definitely enjoy. The story is told in beautiful free verse rather than prose. I definitely recommend it!
Lola G
May 24, 2013 Lola G rated it really liked it
Mark wants a dog. Buddy's owner moves away. There's a lonely old man who lives alone in a mansion. Their paths cross.
It was a great book. I like animal books and this book was no exception.
Mar 08, 2013 Josiah rated it liked it

"But nothing,
not even the sweetest love,
can be certain
of lasting

Little Dog, Lost, P. 3

What does longing feel like? What makes up the urge we recognize within ourselves as longing, both when it's gentle, sweet, a soft tug on our hearts in the direction we feel inclined to go, and also when its desperation is darker and stronger, a storm of unstable inner intensity that will not be quieted by anything short of receiving the object of our longing, the catalyst behind the swirling
Dec 05, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
A bit like Because of Winn-Dixie but, imo, better. That one is all 'look at me how precious and wise I am' and this one is humbler, more fitting to the relatively light story. The poetry is not just prose shaped like a poem, either; not as powerful as Love That Dog but lovely, resonant, and engaging nonetheless.

It would make a terrific read-aloud.

Don't get me wrong, though; this is not a copycat book of the others, it's not redundant. It definitely has fresh appeal and new things to say.


Nov 18, 2016 PSU rated it really liked it
In the book Little Dog,Lost,a boy named Mark wants a dog but can't have one because his mom keeps saying no to him.Buddy,the dog,used to have a boy but they had to move very far away so they had to give buddy away to someone else.They gave it a home wit a lady but always have her inside or outside a yard.One day buddy decided to dig a hole and escape and was alone and scared in the streets.Buddy ended up in Marks house and wanted to keep him but had to get permission from his mother.She had a ...more
Kelly Risinger
Dec 03, 2016 Kelly Risinger rated it it was amazing
sweet, fast read
Oct 26, 2016 Brittney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Loved this book ! Written in verse, a sweet story of the most earnest connection in the world.
Oct 24, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
This book was fantastic!! It had some funny parts.
Oct 02, 2016 Marty rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet dog story written in verse that is also very exciting. You will root for cute little Buddy (who's a girl) with the airplane ears.
3rd grade booktalk
How many of you have a dog? How many of you wish you had a dog? For those of you who have a dog – do you remember not having a dog? Did you beg and beg and beg and beg and beg and beg and beg to get a dog?

Then you’re just like the main character of this book, whose name is Mark. Mark really wants a dog. Mark needs a dog. Mark doesn’t have a dad or a brother or a sister or a cousin living close enough to count – and so he needs a dog. But, as you can probably already guess – hi
Jul 23, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Buddy is a little black dog with four brown paws and a brown mask. She has a ruffle of fur beneath her whip of a tail and ears like airplane wings that droop just so at the tips. Her coat is satiny smooth. She used to have a boy who loved her and took care of her, but now she is a lost little dog who only hears “Hey you!” and “Shoo!”

Mark is a boy who lives with his mom, the mayor of Erthly. He has no dad so mostly he is home alone. He is cared for and planned for but alone. He wishes for a dog -
Oct 07, 2012 Christina rated it it was ok
To start with, I only picked this book up at the library because the cover illustration caught my eye, and I vaguely recalled reading Bauer's book Runt and thinking it was all right. I was rushing and skimmed the summary on the cover and checked it out with hardly a flip through the pages. Somehow I failed to notice it was written in verse.

I like a lot of poetry, but thinking about it, there isn't a lot of free verse stuff I like? And what I do like tends to be short poems. Most of the time the
Deb Tyo
May 09, 2012 Deb Tyo rated it really liked it
Marion Dane Bauer’s recent book, a novel in verse, is one that all children will love. Little Dog, Lost is about Buddy…

“Little black dog with brown paws
and a brown mask
and a sweet ruffle of brown fur on her bum
just beneath her black whip of a tail.
Satiny coat.
Ears like airplane wings
that drop
just at the tips.”

Buddy once had a family. She had a boy, a mom, a dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles, too. But her family has to move to the city. Buddy is left with a strange woman who doesn't see
Buddy is ecstatically happy with her boy. He throws her ball, chases her and gives her kisses. But one day her boy is very sad and they leave their house with lots of stuff in the car. Buddy is left with a little old lady who's nice enough but is not her boy.

Buddy is not happy in her new home. No one plays with her or scratches her ear. And she gets yelled at a lot. Buddy breaks out of her new home and goes looking for her boy.

In the meantime, Mark, the mayor's son, has been bugging and bugging
Ms. Yingling
Mar 12, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Mark has always wanted a dog, but his overworked, single mother has always said "NO!" very firmly. He decides that since he can't have a dog, he should get the town where he lives (and where his mother is mayor) to put in a dog park so that at least the dogs he knows are happy. At the same time, Buddy the dog is left with a woman in town by his loving boy who has to move to the city. While the woman takes care of his needs, she doesn't understand Buddy, who know that her boy is out there ...more
Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
Buddy has a great life for a dog. She has a family who loves her, a nice home, and a warm bed, but that all changes when her family moves away and has to leave her with a friend. Unfortunately her owner's friend has no clue how to take care of Buddy and Buddy decides to run away to look for her old family, but she gets lost in the town of Erthly. In the same town a boy named Mark wants a dog of his own, but his mom says no. When Buddy gets lost (and then found), she is able to help Mark, his ...more
Aug 26, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
4th, 5th, 6th, 3rd I loved reading this book! The style of Bauer's writing gets the reader straight to the emotions swirling through the characters' lives. Mark longs for a dog-having no father, siblings or cousins close enough to count. Buddy, the dog with "brown paws and a brown mask and a sweet ruffle of fur on her bum just beneath her black whip of a tail," has been given away to a woman (that knows nothing about dogs), after her boy had to move to the city. And Mr. Larue who lives alone in ...more
Vincent Desjardins
Anyone who has ever desperately wanted a dog will identify with Mark, the protagonist in Marion Dane Bauer’s sweet novel written in verse. Mark is an only child who has wanted a dog for as long as he can remember, but his mother has always refused his request telling him that “Puppies piddle,” and “Puppies chew.” The author intertwines Mark’s story with that of several other characters including that of Buddy, a dog who once had a boy of her own but, through various circumstances, ends up being ...more
Victoria Whipple
Buddy must be left behind when her family moves to the city, into an apartment that will not accommodate a dog. The family leaves her with a friend in the small town of Erthly, and while that friend had good intentions, she does not know much about caring for a dog. There's a boy, Mark, in Erthly who wants a dog, and has asked repeatedly for one with the repeated answer of "No." Finally Mark has an idea not to get himself a dog, but to make Erthly a better place for his friends and their dogs. ...more
Little Dog, Lost is a sweet story about a boy and his dog, who has to give away his dog because the family is moving. Crushed beyond words, full of tears, Buddy the dog is brought unwittingly to an elderly woman who doesn't know the first thing about dogs.

Buddy misses her boy, his kisses, and his play. But, there is another boy out there who wants a dog very much...will they find each other in time? Set in the small town of Erthly, Mark begs and begs his mom, the mayor, for a dog. She says, 'no,
Jan 15, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it
Little Dog, Lost is written in prose. A dog is living in the country with her owners. She is loved and well cared for until the family has to move to the city. They leave her with an older woman in a small town who doesn’t really like dogs or know how to care for them. Meanwhile, Mark, a boy in town has always wanted a dog. His mother is afraid of dogs and will not allow him to own one. The dog digs his way under the fence and goes looking for his old owner. Mark decides to go to the town ...more
Taylor E
Dec 12, 2013 Taylor E rated it liked it
This book is a loving story built in poetic form. It is a adventurous tale of a puppy's journey from a little boy, and to a new little boy of her own.
Buddy, is lost. Lost in the village, lost in the world, lost in herself. But she wanders into Mark's town, trying to find her home. All Buddy wants is a little boy of her own.
All that Mark wants and needs is a dog of his own. A dog to jump up on his bed with him. A dog to lay by him while he completes his homework. A dog to have like all of his fr
When Buddy's family finds her a home since they are moving to an apartment and can't have a dog, she misses her boy a great deal. To add to her misery, her new owner seems to know little about how to take care of a dog. Buddy digs a hole under the fence that surrounds the yard, and ends up hanging out on the street. But there's another boy in her small town, a boy named Mark, who is desperately seeking an animal companion, and Buddy just might fill the bill. This heart-tugging story describes ...more
Karen Arendt
Jul 17, 2012 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written story of a dog named Buddy who is given away when his owners move to an apartment. Buddy's new owner is nice enough, but does not know what to do with a dog. As a result, Buddy becomes unhappy, eats less and less, then runs away. Meanwhile, a boy named Mark wants a dog more than anything else, but mom always says no. A third part of the story is an older man named Charles LaRue who has spent his life taking care of an elderly woman. She passed away. left the house to LaRue, ...more
May 28, 2014 Cinnamon rated it really liked it
A sweet story about wanting a pet to love more than anything and finding the bravery in yourself to make it happen.

Mark loves everything about dogs and he knows everything about dogs. He has wanted one ever since he could remember, but his mother has always said no.
Buddy had a boy that loved her and a family that took care of her. Then they moved away and left her with a woman who knew nothing about dogs. Buddy did the only thing she could think of- she ran away to find her owner.
Mark did the on
Angela Kidd Shinozaki
I'll start out by admitting that pet stories aren't usually my thing. But there was something about the forlorn looking little puppy on the cover that just tugs at your heartstrings. And most of us, especially children, can relate to being lost. I think it makes a good early chapter book. I'm not sure it was necessary to be in verse though. It didn't really add anything to the story, given that the language was not very lyrical or poetic. But it will probably interest reluctant readers with its ...more
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Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than eighty books for young people, ranging from novelty and picture books through early readers, both fiction and nonfiction, books on writing, and middle-grade and young-adult novels. She has won numerous awards, including several Minnesota Book Awards, a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for RAIN OF FIRE, an American Library Association Newbery Honor ...more
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“So much longing.
So many lives
with longing.

It's what stories―
all our stories―
are made of.

And what is longing
made of
except hope?”
“But never
in his saddest dreams
had he thought he'd spend
his last years
this enormous old house
for no one
at all.”
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