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Planet of the Dogs (Planet of the Dogs #1)

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Out in space, on the other side of the sun, is the Planet Of The Dogs. Dogs have always lived there in peace and happiness. One day many years ago, the council of the elder dogs learned that there were problems on Earth, the Planet of the People. Many people had forgotten how to love and had become mean and greedy. The good people of Green Valley were threatened by the war ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Barking Planet Productions
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Mar 18, 2009 Shel added it
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McCarty, R.J. (2007). Planet of the Dogs. Barking Planet Productions.


Planet of the Dogs shares the story of a human world consumed by greed. To save the Earth, volunteer dogs leave their own planet and begin to improve humanity by befriending children, beginning with Daisy and Bean.

This book has the feel and language of a creation myth. Individual characters are not introduced for several chapters. All of this lends itself for the book to be read aloud.

The illustrations were detaile
Jan 03, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I read this aloud to my children and we usually read for about 20 minutes a night. We started Planet Of The Dogs right after the kids got home from school, with the promise that as soon as we had our reading done, we would head outside to play before it got dark. The chapters are very short, so after our 20 minutes were up and at the end of each chapter, I gave them the option of ending the reading and going outside. But they were not at all interested in stopping the story! The end of each chap ...more
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Oct 23, 2010 Karen & Gerard rated it really liked it
Planet of the Dogs by Robert J. McCarty is a delightful book for children with some drawings included.  It is a tale that takes place long before any dogs were on the earth.  Because of greed on the Earth, the Stone City Warriors were getting ready to attack Green Valley and take what didn’t belong to them.  The dogs had a meeting and decided to help the people on Earth remember how to love again by sending dogs down to show them how.  Only children can hear what the dogs say.  No one had seen o ...more
Jan 17, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
In Planet of the Dogs we are introduced to the world long, long, ago, before there were dogs on earth. The dogs have their own planet, where they live in a healthy and helpful society which is presided over by the dog council. When they find out that the people in the peaceful villages of the earth are under threat of attack from the warriors of Stone City, the dogs all agree it is time to act. They have observed enough about the planet earth to know that the adults will not accept them very rea ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
This book works on so many levels for readers of any age. I think Planet of the Dogs would be a great book to read out loud to younger children, older children will be challenged by the strong use of more complex words and adults will just plain love it. The story is a timeless classic about how goodness triumphs over evil and well, you know, dogs are the ultimate good in my book. I think my favorite part of the whole book is when Lucy (the ruler of Dog Planet), decries that any child who wants ...more
Oct 03, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Planet of the Dogs teaches us valuable lessons of living in peace and harmony. Dogs naturally love unconditionally, and Robert McCarty portrays this easily and beautifully. This book will teach children, through the subtle, true expressive messages of the dogs, what really matters in life. Green Valley and its lessons should be something we all strive for.
Carol Harlow
Feb 10, 2011 Carol Harlow rated it liked it
This book will make kids want a dog for sure! The author does a great job of creating word pictures about the excitement of the dogs. It was fun reading about how a dog might think and act. Planet Of The Dogs is a short, quick read and would be great to read to kids.
Mar 29, 2008 Cayr rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cayr by: Bob
Shelves: young-readers, dogs
Planet of the Dogs is a riveting tale for young readers that eloquently reminds us of the true nature of dogs; loving, helpful, loyal companions with loads to teach the human race. The story is expertly illustrated with powerful, full-page drawings. For dog lovers of all ages.
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Robert J McCarty is a former Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and a former Instructor at the School of Visual Arts, New York City. He has written, produced, and directed documentary, educational, and industrial videos and films on a wide variety of subject matter ranging from teenage lifestyles to race relations, and from clinical computing to oceanography. His short film ...more
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