Spunky Tells All

Spunky Tells All Cover

Spunky Tells All

By Ann Cameron; Lauren Castillo (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374380007, 105pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2011

Description

Spunky the dog would be happy to share all of his secrets, if only his human family spoke his language. But no matter how hard he tries to talk, it's all "yerf!" to them. Through a series of unfortunate miscommunications, his family decides that Spunky wants a friend--specifically, a cat. Spunky can't imagine anything worse than having to share his family, especially Huey and Julian, with the snobby  Balinese Fiona. But when headstrong Fiona keeps getting into trouble and it's up to Spunky to save her, he is astonished to find that being her protector has given his life new purpose and meaning.

The latest addition to the beloved Huey and Julian series, which includes the popular The Stories Julian Tells (featured on an Oprah.com summer reading list).



About the Author
ANN CAMERON is the author of fifteen books, including "The Stories Julian Tells," a JLG selections, and "The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods," a National Book Award finalist. She grew up in a small town on a lake in northern Wisconsin--Rice Lake. she's lived for the past twenty years in a small town on a lake in the Guatemalan highlands. To write "Colibr"i, she traveled to many places in Guatemala where the book is set, crawled around in dark caves, including one where a real Mayan treasure had been found, and consulted Mayan calender diviners.

Lauren Castillo has illustrated many picture books and has also written and illustrated several, including the Caldecott Honor book "Nana in the City". She lives in Harrisburg, PA, and you can also find her at www.laurencastillo.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter @studiocastillo.


Praise For Spunky Tells All

“Cameron has written another top-notch entry in the Julian and Huey series, this time from the brothers’ pup’s perspective.” --School Library Journal, Starred Review “Readers will enjoy this pet story told from the pet’s viewpoint.” --Booklist “Dog fans…will delight in Spunky’s tail-wagging tale-telling, which could introduce a new generation of kids to the Bates family chronicles.” --BCCB “…this is a beginning chapter book that begs to be read.” --Horn Book Magazine "Readers ready for chapter books will delight in seeing the world through Spunky’s eyes and powerful nose." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Spunky Tells All is a beautiful tale of human, cat, and dog finding friendship together. I loved it. It speaks with deep spirit and fine observation of small telling things in a way that young humans will understand.” --Paula Fox, author of the Newbery Award winning The Slave Dancer

“I loved going back inside Huey and Julian's world, but this time, through the eyes of the wise and loyal Spunky. A book with humor, heart, and a lovable dog. Who could ask for more?"—Barbara O’Connor, author of How to Steal a Dog

“I fell in love with Spunky who, in his own words, is a considerate Dog and only tries to do what is best for his human family. His tale, both charming and hilarious, will make readers laugh out loud—and pay much closer attention to what their own dogs are really saying.”—Ann M. Martin, author of Everything for a Dog