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A Dog Called Kitty

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,522 ratings  ·  319 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
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Aladdin (first published September 1980)
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Gina
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicole
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Liberty
So I wanted to reread this special book from my childhood. This is the first book I bought at a scholastic Book Fair, obviously, because of the puppy on the cover. I remember that feeling, purchasing my first book, taking it home, hugging it against my chest, reading it and crying and crying and crying. Every time this book comes into my bookstore I hug it to my chest and remember second grade me. She has such fond memories of this book. But 45-year-old me didn't feel the same about it, and it's ...more
Taylor
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
Book2Dragon
Aug 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A lovely YA or pre-teen book. About gaining courage to face fears, and about a little stray puppy and the love he shares with a boy. Some cliff hangers and some tears, but a good 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
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Leah Andrade
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Lanee
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!
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
Cole
Sep 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I remember this book!
Jeanie
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sometimes it's good to go back to your childhood. ...more
J
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, z-format-book
This was surprisingly a book I had to request since our local library didn't have it and I find that funny since it seemed to be a big push when I was younger to read it. As a result they ended up fortunately buying it instead of me having to wait for another library to send it as an ILL.

Anyway this is one of those reads that I am kind of ambivalent around and getting a chance to re-read it after reading Bill Wallace's "Beauty" has allowed me to look at the story with different eyes. First of
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Jennifer Deloera
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up as a recommendation from a friend. She told me that some of the sweetest memories from childhood include her mom and her two sisters crowding in one bed before bedtime and reading a Bill Wallace book. I suspected my girls (3,4) were to young to enjoy these type of books with the absence of pictures and all but boy was I wrong. They are so excited to read another chapter. We have move on to his other books now.
Aurora Dimitre
This was--this surprised me. It actually had a lot of emotion behind it, and as far as 'late 20th century boy and his dog' books go, it's a good one. ...more
Erika
Jan 15, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2022
Read to my 3rd and 4th graders
Gina
Apr 14, 2022 rated it liked it
My first review was just the tiniest bit too generous, but overall, this is a decent book.

First review
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 othe
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Trisha
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. ...more
$hanel
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
Spencer
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, animals, 2020
2020
This book always makes me cry. I'm such a sap for a good animal story. That being said, I did have a few issues with the book itself.

One, as a child I never picked up on this, but as an adult it boggles my mind: The dad just buys a plot of land in Oklahoma apparently without having much a discussion about it with his wife. That's just crazy to me! You are uprooting your entire family without saying a word about it to your wife? Just, how?

Two, the ending with Kitty. I have never been able
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Doreen
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Taylor
Feb 01, 2009 added it
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
Marlee
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
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
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Sarah Maddaford
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Marianne
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Volkert
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Bittersweet story of a boy who has been afraid of dogs since being bitten by a rabid dog as a toddler. Now there's a stray on his farm that needs help. When I read this to my son, who was then age 9, he didn't want me to put it down. ...more
Nicole
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.....
destroyer
Mar 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
this book was very disciptive the ending was very sad.
Anna
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.
Twyla
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: auryn-s-books
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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
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