By Dayal Kaur Khalsa
(Tundra Books, Paperback, 9780887765131, 24pp.)
Publication Date: December 15, 1999
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When May was little, she begged and pleaded for a dog. Now that she’s all grown up, she’s finally got him. Julian is a big-eared, high-spirited farm dog, whose job is to chase groundhogs out of the garden. In fact, Julian chases anything that moves, from cars to the neighbor’s horse. And he also chases May’s gentle black cat Victoria, and her kitten Ricky Rainbow, who scramble for safety whenever Julian appears. But one day Julian proves that he really is a good dog, a hero in fact, and May, Victoria, and Ricky Rainbow can really count him part of their family.
Dayal Kaur Khalsa both wrote and illustrated picture books that celebrate the joys in life: the love between grandparents and grandchildren, the togetherness of a family holiday, the ingenuity of a girl who wants a dog, the thrill of discovering a new and delicious food. Her books have won numerous awards, including being chosen twice for the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year, and twice as a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Dayal Kaur Khalsa died in 1989.
“A leisurely story recounted in quiet confidence.”
–Globe and Mail