Rascal may be the happiest beagle ever to live. He used to live on Voclain's Farm, with its whole jambalaya of dogs, but now he lives with his very own boy, Meely. Together they explore the Louisiana bayou, bunny chasin', coon and squirrel huntin', and crawfishin'. But when Meely gets stuck on a rotting bridge deep in the bayou, it's up to Rascal--with a little help from his old friends at the farm--to save his boy from danger. In the spirit of "Huckleberry Finn, ""Rascal" is a classic coming-of-age story, but from a dog's perspective. With unforgettable characters, heart-stopping action, and charming black-and-white line drawings that capture it all, this zesty gumbo of a book is one to savor long after it is finished.
I grew up in Louisiana, possibly in the same area Rascal sets, and so I understood all the Cajun references. Rascal is one of the sweetest books I have ever read, and the dog on the cover looks just like my oldest dog, a beagle just like Rascal. The characters are brilliantly thought out- Big Ma was great and in the end, so was that one snake who turned out not to be as bad as he thought. And Meely's character was so sweer and adorable and sometimes lonely that I just wanted to hug him and maybe adopt him. Love this book!