The Hound from the Pound

The Hound from the Pound

By Jessica Swaim; Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763623302, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 2007

After a hapless woman adopts a pack leader from the pound, his furry friends follow in dogged pursuit in this rhythmical romp.
Lonely Miss Mary longs for a four-legged friend. But when she makes the mistake of choosing the untrained basset hound Blue, no sooner does he howl AH-ROOoooooo than her house has gone to the dogs Dalmatians and dachshunds, sheepdogs and setters, poodles and pups of all spots are ruling the roost. Can Sam the canine trainer teach this menagerie some pawsitive tricks? A charmingly illustrated, rollicking text offers a doggone good time and a perfectly happy ending.

About the Author
If Jessica Swaim were a dog, she'd be a Jack Russell terrier: feisty, short-haired, and tenacious. Her favorite activities include long walks on a loose leash, napping in front of a fire, and rolling belly-up in the grass. She loves to jump the fence in search of adventure, but the best part is always coming back home, to her wee ranchette in Colorado.

Jill McElmurry is the illustrator of many picture books, including When Otis Courted Mama by Kathi Appelt and the best-selling favorites Little BlueTruck, Little Blue Truck Leadsthe Way, and Little Blue Truck's Christmas, all written by Alice Schertle.She divides her time between the wide landscape of New Mexico and a green island in Minnesota.