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Sometimes a dog isn't just a dog--sometimes he's the glue the holds a whole family together.

Mr. Mosely is a special dog. Not just because he's so big (he's part Great Dane.) Not just because he's all white (with one black spot under his eye and a heart shaped splotch on his chest.) Not just because he's clumsy, or because of tricks (he only knows one, and it's not very goo
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Paperback, 130 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Scholastic
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Christina
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book holds a big part of my heart as I read it not long after the death of my first dog- Sandy. Along with the sentimentality of this book, I remember it dealing with a few emotional themes in such a short book. Such as domestic violence, cancer and putting down a pet. It’s one of the first books in my childhood to ever make me cry and I will re-read it to see if it still holds such a high rating today.
Sam
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Short-listed for The Children's Book Council of Australia awards, Michael Gerard Bauer is and award-wining and best-selling children's fiction author.
This book tells the story of Mister Mosely and the Ingram family.
Whilst discussing some very grown up issues including financial hardship, depression, new siblings, job loss and infidelity, this is purely and simply a book about a boy and his dog. It also touches heavily on how a pet, especially a dog becomes a member of the family, they're there
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Judith
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrensfiction
The usual thing to say about books like this is that anyone who has ever loved (and lost) a beloved pet will adore it (and BYO tissues), and that is certainly true of Just a Dog, but it's also selling it a little short if one were to leave it at that. Just a Dog is a beautifully balanced and modulated sequence of stories about Mr Mosely (aka Moe), best-beloved dog of the Ingram family, told by the eldest child, Corey. As Corey relates funny and sad and scary stories about Moe, he also reveals mu ...more
Jessie
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Ten year old Corey narrates the reader through a series of stories about his dog Mr. Mosley. Mr. Mosley was supposed to be a pure-bred Dalmatian but instead he seems to be part Dalmatian and part Great Dane. As the title suggests, Mr. Moe is more that just a dog for Corey and his family, he is a friend and family member that shares funny moments, sad moments, and tough moments with the family. Mr. Moe knows how to help everyone in the family in their times of need.

Wow does this book take you on
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Mrs Daley
Sob. Sob. Sobbed my way through the last few chapters. MGB owes me a box of tissues and a nights sleep. Another one of Dans favourites for the year and the best dog book I've read in a long time. This has been a firm favourite at school since it was published late this year. At the launch of this book I was HORRIFIED to learn that MGB's own children did not grow up with a family dog! I was SURE that to have written this well about a dog the author must have a dog curled up on his feet as he wrot ...more
Anthony Mancia
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
this book is grate i love it it so sweet it have so much details its a grate book no its an amazing book i think everyone should read this book it is really good
owain
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book is an amazing book that i loved because it is very emotional and a good book in general
Sandy
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Talk this dog met a good the host,a think this dog is very lucky ,it is very loyal ,he always happy master ,and its host is very love it ,make well with it ,help him when the owner is having trouble, it story I'm really touched,I like it book very much.
Christie Murray
My 9 year old son is all about dog stories right now so "Just A Dog" was the latest book I to read to him. As we began to read the book, it was clear that the author was a child. The writting style consisted of short sentences without a lot of detail. But, kids are also known for being very honest and not having the filters that so many of us adults do, and this was true here. The stories about this boy and his dog ranged from funny to sad. What surprised me was the underlying story of the autho ...more
Christy
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a dog isn't just a dog--sometimes he's the glue the holds a whole family together.

Mr. Mosely is a special dog. Not just because he's so big (he's part Great Dane.) Not just because he's all white (with one black spot under his eye and a heart shaped splotch on his chest.) Not just because he's clumsy, or because of tricks (he only knows one, and it's not very good.) He's special because he seems to know exactly what everyone in Corey's family needs, even when they don't know themselves
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Jennifer Chapman
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The dog in this story is much more than just a family pet.
Annabelle Moses
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is really good if you like dogs and also if you like sad stories because this one got to me.
Anna W.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh my heart hurts. A great book for young readers but ideally ones that haven’t lost a dog or they’re going to be wailing and spewing snot all over into several tissues like I was, a grown woman in her thirties.

No one was ever as happy to see me as Mr. Moesly wise. He always made me feel good. Even if I got into trouble at school or lost something or some kids were being idiots and saying or doing stuff, it didn’t make any difference to Moe. He just went nuts every time like I was some
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Grace Ceschan
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently read an interesting book titled “Just a Dog”, written by Michael G. Bauer. The book detailed the life of a dog named Mr. Mosely and his owner Corey. This unique dog story shows how he looks to the way he interacts with his owner and family. He appears to be part Great Dane and part Dalmatian. Mr. Mosely is a big dog mostly white, with a wonky black heart shaped marking on his chest. He also has half of his left ear black and a black tear marking under his right eye. Mr. Mosely has an ...more
Sydney Jaromin
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just A Dog is an amazing story about a dog and his family. Corey is a 10 year old boy who gets a little puppy and named him Mr.Mosley. He was little until he grew out of the puppy stage, Mr.Mosley is half great dane so he’s a pretty big dog. He is a very loyal and protective dog for Corey and his family.He's special because he seems to know exactly what everyone in Corey's family needs, even when they don't know themselves.This is the story of Mr. Mosely, from his puppyhood to the last time he c ...more
Robert
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mr. Mosely is a special dog. Not just because he's so big, not just because he's all white, not just because he's clumsy. He's special because he seems to know exactly what everyone in Corey's family needs, even when they don't know themselves. This is the story of Mr. Mosely, from his puppyhood to the last time he curls up on the back porch. It's the story of how sometimes a dog isn't "just a dog". Sometimes he's the glue to hold a whole family together.

Dogs are the best friends of human beings
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Mavis
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This story is call “Just a Dog” by Micheal Gerard Bauer, it’s talk about a dog and a family’s story, it’s a funny and warm story.
In the beginning, a dog came to a family, the family some like it, but some dislike and avoid his in, but at end he stril stay in this family.
In the middle, he did a big a trouble, so the family are some angry.
In the end, the family apologizes he and readmit.
In this story, I learn use my heart, to know about, another people do for my is or isn’t good for me.
Kate
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well this was an emotional roller coaster. I read this aloud to my grade 4 students - which I don't regret but I don't think I'll do it again. I like the concept of reading about tough, real-life things. Kids are exposed to tough stuff, and need to know that it's ok to cry if you feel sad etc.

I certainly agree with other reviewers that it's surprising that the author didn't grow up with a dog! I cuddled my own dog very hard when I got home after finishing this one!
Alexa Lepe
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just a Dog by Michael Gerard Bauer is a sad book. This book is about a boy who has a dog named Mr. Mosely. This dog is a very special dog to the family because the dog has been by their side since day one. But one day a tragic thing happens to Mr. Mosely. I like this book because it is really sad and it makes you cry.
Chrissy Erwin
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Jovana
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fell in love with this book. It will make you cry, laugh and in general, this book will make you feel all sorts of emotions. While reading this book, I could not stop, literally stayed up at night trying to finish the book. P.S, keep a box of tissues next to you!!
Sarah Rodriguez
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's an amazing book, I cried while reading this. After reading this you will fall in love. The story is not all rainbows and unicorns, it talks about real family problems but at the end, Mr. Mosely always tries to bring the family together.
Sue
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely, heartfelt book, which reminds me of the place our dog has in our family. Never being a dog owner, before we got Turtle, I am not sure this story would have resonated as much. Such a delightful read.
cate
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was about 9, and it was the first book that made me cry.
Miranda Navarro
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was so good one of my favorites it had a little of everything emotional stuff funny stuff action sort of but this book is great.
Amellia Hershey
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't want to spoil, but the ending is sad...
Avalon
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was so good and so sad.
Ryan
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!!
Grace
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this is a very good book 📚 📖
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Michael Gerard Bauer was born and lives in Brisbane Australia. In 2000 he resigned from his full-time position as an English/Economics teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a writer.

In 2004 his first YA novel The Running Man was published to great acclaim. It subsequently won the 2005 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year for Older Readers and was short-listed for the NSW,
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