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A Dog Called Kitty

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,153 ratings  ·  284 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 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 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
Leah Andrade
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My daughter got this book from the library and I had to reread it. It was my favorite book when I was her age and it still made me laugh and cry like it did back then. Such a great book!
Jenni Lea
Jul 18, 2013 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 rated it liked it
I remember this book!
Natalia Leigh
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tutoring
I was extremely disappointed by this book. I'm an English tutor and my student chose this book for us to read together, but had I known what was in store I would have selected something else. To begin with, the grammar is terrible. Fragmented sentences completely threw off the flow of our reading, which my student already struggles with. In addition to its poor structure, I found the story extremely violent and was concerned by what these "children's books" are teaching the youth. For example, t ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was a tear jerker (I didn't know going into it) but a good, enjoyable read.
Feb 28, 2010 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 rated it it was ok
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Mar 27, 2013 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
Feb 01, 2009 added it
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 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 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 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.
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sometimes it's good to go back to your childhood.
Mar 10, 2016 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.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book, almost brought tears to my eyes!
Oct 01, 2009 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.
Jan 16, 2009 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 05, 2013 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 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: auryn-s-books
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Mar 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
this book was very disciptive the ending was very sad.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is terrible for young readers. My 9 year old reading the graphic details as a child recalls being almost mauled to death by a dog and the stitches and shots afterward had in him in tears. Then, blacking out and snapping as you fight and pummel another kid on the football field was a great addition but then having the bully sick his doberman on you was a great bedtime story. Let us not forget the thought of letting the puppy you find in a barn starve to death and die was probably the be ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve recently read the book A DOG CALLED KITTY by Bill Wallace. The main character in this book is Ricky and a dog. This book takes place on a farm in Oklahoma.

Ricky was once attacked by a vicious dog when he was a little boy. So, dogs became a fear to him. One day a dog wondered into Ricky’s farm.

The dog would not leave and kept trying to play with Ricky. The dog was a stray so, when Ricky’s mom would feed the cats the dog would come running.

However, the cats wouldn’t share their food. Thi
Rosalie Beyer-Krohn
Ricky’s been fearful of dogs ever since he was attacked by one a few years back, but the stray puppy on his farm is going to starve if he doesn’t confront his fear. Little does Ricky know, he needs this dog just as much as the dog needs him.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction - This book is set in fairly recent time and tells a timeless story about a young boy facing his fears and trying to survive the bullies at school. The story isn’t true, but it could easily happen in real life.

Reading Le
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book was originally published in 1980, and even though it never mentions it, I think it was supposed to be set years before that. So adult behavior is going to be shocking for anyone reading it now. The Dad announcing he was leaving and taking his kids with or without his wife alone would make most kids cringe.

The story is pretty good if you can get past the way people used to behave. The boy has a fear of dogs and he learns to love this stray pup.

The scene where they find the cow and her c
Jan 03, 2017 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
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Bill Wallace was an American teacher and later an author of children's books. He started writing to quiet down his fourth grade students, who loved his stories and encouraged him to make “real” books.

Bill Wallace grew up in Oklahoma. Along with riding their horses, he and his friends enjoyed campouts and fishing trips. Toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories to scare one another, and catching