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Percy, Dog of Destiny

Alison McGhee, Jennifer K. Mann (Illustrator)


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Dog park? Let's go! Percy may be a small dog, but he more than makes up for it in attitude and energy. Holding tight to his precious toy ball, he makes his way to the dog park, coming across three friends along the way—Molly, with her kerchief; Oatmeal Cookie, with his Frisbee; and lovable giant Fluffy, with his bone. At the park, the four friends have fun running, digging, and sniffing—until a sneering, jeering squirrel dares to challenge Percy, causing him to drop his beloved toy. Percy's ball sails through the air, flying so high that he might lose it forever... but an unlikely hero dashes in to save the day! Told from the perspective of a way-too-big-for-his-britches Jack Russell Terrier, and paired with humorous, quirky illustrations, this hilarious, original story from New York Times best-selling author Alison McGhee is brimming with enough personality and wit to keep children and adults alike giggling from start to finish.

Praise For Percy, Dog of Destiny

"This exuberant story is perfect for the preschool set, who will love the dogs' antics and Percy's peppy personality. The minimal text and energetic, digitally colored pencil illustrations...will ensure that listeners' attentions never stray." – Booklist

"Percy is a bright-eyed dog...(who) plays with his canine pals at the dog park, culminating in an encounter with a feisty, ball stealing squirrel. He narrates the story with just a few words and a snappy attitude, using witty expressions. Minimalist, digitally produced illustrations...compliment the sophisticated tone of the text.." – Kirkus Reviews

"McGhee humorously creates an imagined inner dialogue of a high-energy pet...and Mann's breezy portraits will be familiar to anyone who's spent even a little time around dogs in action." -- Publishers Weekly

"A dog lovers' delight..." -- School Library Journal

Astra Young Readers, 9781590789841, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

About the Author

Alison McGhee is the New York Times best-selling author of Someday, Always, and Little Boy, as well as many other picture books, children's novels, and novels for adults. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit

Jennifer K. Mann is the illustrator of Turkey Tot and the author-illustrator of Two Speckled Eggs. She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington, with her family. Visit