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Little Dog, Lost

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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:
Wonder by R.J. PalacioThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine ApplegateThe Fault in Our Stars by John GreenLiar & Spy by Rebecca SteadThe Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Newbery 2013
55th out of 113 books — 1,220 voters
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil GaimanThe 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy GriffithsEscape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris GrabensteinBrave Girl by Michelle MarkelLittle Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer
2016 Bluestem Award Master List
5th out of 20 books — 5 voters

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Jan 27, 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
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!
Dec 12, 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
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 mot ...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. E ...more
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
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
Susan Santiago
Mar 01, 2016 Susan Santiago rated it really liked it
Three lonely souls find each other in this story that is as common in childhood as runny noses and outgrown pants. Told in free verse, the reader sympathizes with the plight of a boy without a dog, a dog without a boy, and a gentle man without anyone in the world. A wonderful read aloud that had my daughter asking for "just one more poem, please." Would have given it four and a half stars but that's not possible. The loss of a star is for times the narrator speaks directly to the reader. Like wh ...more
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.
May 04, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
All Mark wanted was a Dog, but his Mom wouldn’t let him have one, even though most of his friends did. Buddy is a dog that is well cared for, but once his family moves into a city apartment they can’t have a dog anymore, so they give the dog away to a lady who has no idea how to care for a dog. Finally, Mark gets the courage to ask the city council for a dog park, and Buddy escapes from the old lady who doesn’t play with him. Oddly enough, when Mark goes to give a speech before the City Council, ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Mfbirkett rated it liked it

This book is on the 2014 Children's Sequoyah Book
Award list for 2014. It is written in blank verse and is a quick read. Young readers will like it because is it the story of Mark who wants a dog when his mother says he can't have one. Enter Buddy who has gone to live with a "salt-and-pepper-haired" lady who has half-heartedly taken in when Buddy's family moves to a city apartment-building and can't keep him. Mark ad his friends lead a campaign to get a city dog park which means they have to pre
Apr 02, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what writing this book in verse brought to it, beyond the fact that it made it a super quick read. The story line was cute regardless and I would have loved it however it was written. Nothing up and beyond the ordinary, but the author does a good job of doing all of the simple things right. It just felt like a very thought out and well planned book that all came together in the end. Unfortunately this is more the exception than the rule for books written for this age group, that are ...more
Christopher Noh
Feb 27, 2014 Christopher Noh rated it liked it
I recommend the book "Little Dog Lost" to elementary and middle school students because the vocabulary in this book is quite easy and it's a perfect book to read before going to bed. This book was very interesting, attracting and cute because in my case I had the same feelings that the main character had. The main character, Mark really wants a dog because of loneliness in this book but her mom doesn't buy him one because they make extra work and they mess up the house, although I have a dog, I ...more
Kay Carman
Feb 23, 2016 Kay Carman rated it it was amazing
What a sweet story this is! It's about a little dog who needs a boy, a boy who needs a dog, and an old man who needs a friend. Beautifully written, it touches the heart and highlights all the things that are best about dogs - especially loyalty. It's peopled with characters that are all good, some just caught between a rock and a hard place. The only possible villain is a cat who fancies himself a dog, but he's just behaving as cats do.

Although it's juvenile, I recommend it for all ages who love
Ginger Bollinger
Oct 09, 2015 Ginger Bollinger rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so very much. My favorite passage...

So much longing.
So many lives filled with longing
It's what stories--
All our stories--
are made of.

And what is longing
made of
except hope?

It's haunting, really. I keep coming back to it in my mind and considering the longing in my own story - what is it? And what is the hope it's made of?

I read this book because the author was making a visit to our library and having never read any of her work, I wanted to get an idea of her style. I did no
Elaine Bearden
Jul 06, 2016 Elaine Bearden rated it really liked it
gr 3-5/6
This is a really sweet story about a dog who has to be given up when a family moves. Bauer paints the images so strongly at the beginning of the love the boy and the dog have for each other that it is so heartbreaking when the dog ends up with an owner who doesn't love her. Bauer weaves several threads together - the lost dog, a boy who longs for a dog, and a man who longs for love - together in this free-verse novel. It is a pretty quick read, though the emotions can be heartbreaking. K
Apr 14, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed this book. I'm so glad the spine stuck out at me at the library urging me to check it out. The story seems so simple, but has so many underlying themes. It would be great for reluctant readers or early mg readers, but I think older mg readers might like it as well. As an author, it was a great lesson in description and subtle yet powerful word choices. The more and more I read novels in verse, the more I enjoy their type of storytelling, and realize how hard they must be to wri ...more
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
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 -
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 somewhe ...more
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
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
I love novels in verse for reluctant readers who are daunted by longer novels. Still rich with vocabulary, imagery and poetic language, the novel in verse captures story of both dog-who-needs-boy and boy-who-needs-dog as well as lonely, misunderstood elder neighbor. She gives a decent story, although characters fairly simplistically drawn. I think students will relate with Mark and cheer for the little brown dog in an achievable read for many students. I look forward to recommending it.
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
Pat Salvatini
Jul 10, 2015 Pat Salvatini rated it liked it
Buddy was a little black dog with brown paws and a brown mask, ears like airplane wings and a satiny coat. Mark was a boy in search of a dog. He wanted a dog so badly he spent hours reading about dogs and practicing in his imagination how to take care of a dog. Charles LaRue is a lonely man in a big house behind the iron fence with spikes in the middle of Erthly. Bauer brings them all together in this free-verse story.
This is an incredibly sweet story about a boy who really wants a dog (but isn't allowed to get one) and a dog who really needs a boy. Some sections are told via the dog's point of view. It's a gentle novel in verse with a happy ending, and a great choice for kids who are looking for an easy-to-read dog story. I read the ebook and the illustrations didn't come through so well, so I feel I can't comment on those too much.
Jul 06, 2014 Marcia rated it liked it
Recommended to Marcia by: MCBA
Lonely people long for a pet to fill the empty void. Boy wants a dog. Dog wants a boy.Common themes are shared in this easy, breezy story. I love a well done story in verse, but this one just seemed to simplify the narrative in its sparse word choice leaving nothing to sink your teeth into. Cute drawings throughout will appeal to a younger audience. A good third grade choice, but as a MCBA nominee, not a contender.
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
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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 Aw ...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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