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“The Night I Followed the Dog”

By Nina Laden

“The Night I Followed the Dog” is a comical, richly-illustrated picture book about a suspicious boy who sets out one night to see what his dog is REALLY doing. Turns out it”s a lot more interesting than just sniffing around and peeing on stuff.

The spying boy sees his dog leave the yard at dusk, dressed in a sharp tuxedo and looking like a canine Humphrey Bogart. A limo swoops by to pick him up and the boy follows, pedaling furiously on his bike. The limo drops his dog in an industrial area of town, and he disappears behind a door flanked by two shiny brass fire hydrants. “The Doghouse,” says a fancy sign. The boy knocks on the door and confronts his dog, and what he learns inside changes everything he thought he knew about his pet.

This funny story about sophisticated nightclubbing pooches is probably best for slightly older kids, who can understand why dogs might need a place where they can sit on the sofa, eat bones off silver serving trays and tango the night away.

“The Night I Followed the Dog,” by Nina Laden, uses all kinds of fun colors and different word shapes to engage readers, and it fits perfectly into “Paws to Read,” the theme this summer at Butte County Library. Beginning June 1, there will be all kinds of fun and free activities revolving around pets, including photography and Haiku contests for teens and adults, a pet parade, an animal show, and more. We”ve already strung a clothesline full of photos of people”s pets; bring your own pet photo in.

Chico library is open seven days a week. Borrow DVDs, books, music CDs, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and more, all at no cost. Free activities for kids are available almost every day. Visit www.buttecounty.net/bclibrary or call 891-2762. There are also branches in Paradise, Oroville, Durham, Biggs and Gridley.

Elaine Gray is school librarian at Citrus Elementary School and also works at the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library.

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