Waggit's Tale (Hardcover)

By Peter Howe, Omar Rayyan (Illustrator)

HarperCollins, 9780061242618, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2008

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/28/2009)
Library Binding (7/1/2008)
Paperback (8/1/2008)

List Price: 16.99*
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Fall 2008 Kids' List

“Waggit the puppy is afraid because his owner abandoned him in a big, scary park where there are bigger, scarier dogs and nothing to eat. Waggit ultimately finds a real home, but the joy is in the journey he takes before finding a human friend.”
— Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
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He is nameless.
He is homeless.
He is friendless.
He is lost.

Until he is found . . . by a team of mutts who shelter him and teach him how to survive the wilds of the city park.

And so he becomes Waggit, the best hunter and tracker in the pack, and the dog with the most powerfully wagging tail. Waggit grows to love his team, especially its leader, Tazar, and his best friend, an old dog named Lowdown.

But life in the park is dangerous and uncertain. In winter, food and warmth are scarce. Another team of wild dogs is a constant menace. And always, there is the fear of capture by park rangers. Waggit can't help feeling that something is missing . . . something warm and cozy and . . . human. Then one day everything changes and Waggit must face a new threat and a new choice.

Peter Howe's tale of an abandoned puppy's search for a home is an exciting mix of humor, adventure, and suspense. Most of all, it is a story of how love can turn strangers into family.

About the Author

Peter Howe was born in London, lived in New York for more than thirty years, and currently resides in Connecticut with his wife and two dogs. He is a former New York Times Magazine and Life magazine picture editor and the author of two books on photography, Shooting Under Fire and Paparazzi. He is also the author of the Waggit’s Tale series, about an abandoned dog and his pack who live in Central Park.

Praise For Waggit's Tale

“Howe’s children’s-book debut presents a charming, mostly episodic tale complete with endearing characters.”
— ALA Booklist

“A coming-of-age tale told from the canine perspective. Dog lovers will enjoy. Readers will find themselves drawn into the struggles and triumphs of Waggit’s found family.”
— Publishers Weekly

“This is an excellent book to add to your dog collections.”
— School Library Journal

“A richly imagined story of a puppy, abandoned by his owner. Will delight readers 10 and up, and younger children are likely to enjoy it read aloud.”
— Newark Star Ledger

“A charming, sometimes heartbreaking tale.”
— Litchfield County Times

“This children’s book will pull your heartstrings!”
— Quick & Simple

“Peter Howe’s Waggit’s Tale, about an abandoned puppy surviving in the wilds of a city park while looking for friendship, mises emotion and suspense.”
— Parade

“The story will appeal to young dog lovers and to devotees of New York City and Central Park.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Waggit’s relationship with his compatriots develops well and lovingly, with humor.”
— Kirkus Reviews