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Meet Barkus. Barkus is loyal. Barkus is generous. Barkus is family. The exuberant Barkus and his lucky young owner whirl and twirl across the pages of this delightful pre-chapter book series from award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The accessible text is ideal for even the newest independent reader, while the warm, humorous story and energetic illustrations will appea Meet Barkus. Barkus is loyal. Barkus is generous. Barkus is family. The exuberant Barkus and his lucky young owner whirl and twirl across the pages of this delightful pre-chapter book series from award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The accessible text is ideal for even the newest independent reader, while the warm, humorous story and energetic illustrations will appeal to picture book readers as well as advanced readers.


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Meet Barkus. Barkus is loyal. Barkus is generous. Barkus is family. The exuberant Barkus and his lucky young owner whirl and twirl across the pages of this delightful pre-chapter book series from award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The accessible text is ideal for even the newest independent reader, while the warm, humorous story and energetic illustrations will appea Meet Barkus. Barkus is loyal. Barkus is generous. Barkus is family. The exuberant Barkus and his lucky young owner whirl and twirl across the pages of this delightful pre-chapter book series from award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The accessible text is ideal for even the newest independent reader, while the warm, humorous story and energetic illustrations will appeal to picture book readers as well as advanced readers.

30 review for Barkus

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    The arrival of Barkus brings many wonderful changes to one little girl's household. A good one for both kids, and dog lovers who may see a little of their own pooch in big ole Barkus.

  2. 5 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    Barkus kind of missed the mark for me. I get that it's supposed to be easy to read, but this sort of thing has been done way better by other authors (I kept thinking of the Bink & Gollie series as I was reading this). Barkus seems way too simple in comparison, and almost condescending in the overly simple storyline and word choices. The illustrations are cute and colourful, but not that special. Overall, this seems like a forgettable sort of book, and I'm not sure who it will appeal to. If a chil Barkus kind of missed the mark for me. I get that it's supposed to be easy to read, but this sort of thing has been done way better by other authors (I kept thinking of the Bink & Gollie series as I was reading this). Barkus seems way too simple in comparison, and almost condescending in the overly simple storyline and word choices. The illustrations are cute and colourful, but not that special. Overall, this seems like a forgettable sort of book, and I'm not sure who it will appeal to. If a child has graduated from picture books and is looking for something a little more sophisticated, they won't find it here; in fact, this seemed to be aimed at a younger audience than many picture books I've read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)

    Odd size for a early reader and also a bit more for 2nd grade readers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I wasn't keen on this one. I also feel like I might be overly critical here. But, really, I expected more from Patricia MacLachlan, there is nothing special in the storytelling, this sort of story has been done much better elsewhere for this same age group (Henry and Mudge - The First Book comes immediately to mind or The Blue Hill Meadows). The illustrations are not my cup of tea, either. However, what really bugged me was the lack of responsible pet ownership displayed in the story. The little I wasn't keen on this one. I also feel like I might be overly critical here. But, really, I expected more from Patricia MacLachlan, there is nothing special in the storytelling, this sort of story has been done much better elsewhere for this same age group (Henry and Mudge - The First Book comes immediately to mind or The Blue Hill Meadows). The illustrations are not my cup of tea, either. However, what really bugged me was the lack of responsible pet ownership displayed in the story. The little girl gets her dog because her uncle shows up on their doorstep ready to dash off for some sort of work-travel thing and he can't take the dog with him so he gives it to her... I get that life happens and sometimes it is impossible to keep pets and maybe I misread here but the parents don't seem to have had a clue they would be taking on a dog. It is made out to be really nice and fun that the girl just surprise! gets a dog, but I it did not sit well with me. Later, Barkus gets out and follows the little girl to school where he just happens to be allowed to sit in school all day and become the class pet. Finally, Barkus brings home a kitten one day... it's sweet how the family takes care of it but it turns out a lady in the neighborhood had lost the kitten and was happy that it had found a good home as she still needed to find homes for four other kittens. Again, I feel like this is supposed to be a celebration of pets but I just didn't feel that enough responsibility was shown and that, along with the lackluster storytelling, makes it hard for me to award more than two stars here.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    An early chapter book with relatable, diverse characters and an adorable dog. Nicky's uncle gives her a dog named Barkus. In short chapters, Barkus's adventures with Nicky unfold: Barkus follows Nicky to school and becomes the class pet; Barkus has a party; he finds a pet of his own; and while camping in the back yard Nicky tells Barkus the story of his life. Easy text with familiar school and family themes and fun colorful cartoons make this an appealing read for kids new to chapters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    In this delightful ode to the relationship between a girl and her dog, the author has created a wonderful book for sharing with a group or reading one-on-one. The five short stories in the book highlight the fun that Nicky and Barkus have together. The first story introduces Nicky and Barkus to each other. Story two introduces Barkus to Nicky's class at school. Story three revolves around Barkus's birthday. Story four sees Barkus adopt a kitten and story five has Nicky and Barkus enjoying their In this delightful ode to the relationship between a girl and her dog, the author has created a wonderful book for sharing with a group or reading one-on-one. The five short stories in the book highlight the fun that Nicky and Barkus have together. The first story introduces Nicky and Barkus to each other. Story two introduces Barkus to Nicky's class at school. Story three revolves around Barkus's birthday. Story four sees Barkus adopt a kitten and story five has Nicky and Barkus enjoying their first outdoor campout. The bright illustrations are very eye-catching and appealing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    VillaPark Public Library

    When her Uncle Everton asks her to care for his dog while he is on vacation, Nicky finds herself the new owner of a lively dog named Barkus. Barkus is a particularly communicative dog who readily lets others know his wishes. All who interact with Barkus, including Nicky’s parents and teacher, find him to be a very charming and dynamic dog, and he soon becomes a welcome addition to Nicky’s family and classroom. The relationship with Nicky and Barkus matures as Nicky becomes particularly attuned t When her Uncle Everton asks her to care for his dog while he is on vacation, Nicky finds herself the new owner of a lively dog named Barkus. Barkus is a particularly communicative dog who readily lets others know his wishes. All who interact with Barkus, including Nicky’s parents and teacher, find him to be a very charming and dynamic dog, and he soon becomes a welcome addition to Nicky’s family and classroom. The relationship with Nicky and Barkus matures as Nicky becomes particularly attuned to Barkus’s moods and wishes. The story takes a new twist when Barkus, after looking noticeably bored one day, surprises everyone by bringing home a kitten. The reader will enjoy watching the special relationship grow between Barkus and the kitten, which he names Baby. This early chapter book offers the emergent reader a heartwarming story about how an engaging and companionable dog creates special relationships and becomes a valued and distinct member of a family. Check this book out at the Villa Park Public Library!: https://catalog.swanlibraries.net/client/en_US/vpd/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1615910/ada?qu=barkus&lm=VPD

  8. 5 out of 5

    Faith Tydings

    I like this as an early reader but I'm not convinced that an early reader would pick this up based on the front cover - it seems a little young. The art is cute and the story is cute but may work better as a read-along with a parent for younger kids.

  9. 4 out of 5

    That One Librarian

    Hooray for Barkus! Veteran author Patricia Maclachlan and the talented Marc Boutavant have teamed up for a brand new chapter book series about family and friendship - human, canine, and feline. “Barkus” is a very early chapter book, perfect for kids just getting their feet wet with longer stories, and is divided into very distinct chapter. Each chapter is self-contained story, but they still build on each other to create a complete narrative. The first book follows Nicky as her uncle gifts her B Hooray for Barkus! Veteran author Patricia Maclachlan and the talented Marc Boutavant have teamed up for a brand new chapter book series about family and friendship - human, canine, and feline. “Barkus” is a very early chapter book, perfect for kids just getting their feet wet with longer stories, and is divided into very distinct chapter. Each chapter is self-contained story, but they still build on each other to create a complete narrative. The first book follows Nicky as her uncle gifts her Barkus, an intelligent and lovable pup, and as Barkus adopts Baby, a stray kitten. Together Nicky, her furry friends, and her parents bond as a family. Barkus also manages to get to school with Nicky and becomes a very helpful, if not traditional, fixture in the classroom. While Nicky and her family are white, her classroom is notably diverse. The strengths of Barkus are in the simple text which still manages to convey an engaging story and the beautiful, enticing illustrations. Highly recommended!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Ann

    This early chapter book chronicles how Barkus became an integral part of Nicky's family. Uncle Everton shows up at her dog with his dog named Barkus who is well-trained and intelligent. Nicky's uncle will be traveling and can't take Barkus with him. Barkus follows Nicky to school where he is immediately adopted as the class dog. When Barkus' birthday rolls around, he invites the neighborhood dogs to crash his birthday party. One day Barkus is bored so he adopts a neighborhood kitten to become a This early chapter book chronicles how Barkus became an integral part of Nicky's family. Uncle Everton shows up at her dog with his dog named Barkus who is well-trained and intelligent. Nicky's uncle will be traveling and can't take Barkus with him. Barkus follows Nicky to school where he is immediately adopted as the class dog. When Barkus' birthday rolls around, he invites the neighborhood dogs to crash his birthday party. One day Barkus is bored so he adopts a neighborhood kitten to become a part of his family. Nicky, Barkus and his kitten have a tent camp out in their backyard. Each of them comforts each other; no one is afraid of the dark. Large font accompanied by simple illustrations and lots of dialogue assist young readers in maintaining interest. By using four different stories and reweaving them at the end, children learn how to recap and summarize events. Family and pets are two themes that appeal to young readers. Highly recommended especially for children in the six to eight-year-old range.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is the first in a series about Barkus, a loyal and loving dog, and Nicky, his owner. Five short chapters tell the tale of how Barkus became a part of Nicky's family and how that family grew to also include a cat named Baby. Each chapter is amusing and sweet. In one, Barkus follows Nicky to school. In another, Barkus's dog friends join him at his party where they eat cookies and dance in celebration. In the last chapter, Nicky tells Barkus the story of how he came to live with here, which is This is the first in a series about Barkus, a loyal and loving dog, and Nicky, his owner. Five short chapters tell the tale of how Barkus became a part of Nicky's family and how that family grew to also include a cat named Baby. Each chapter is amusing and sweet. In one, Barkus follows Nicky to school. In another, Barkus's dog friends join him at his party where they eat cookies and dance in celebration. In the last chapter, Nicky tells Barkus the story of how he came to live with here, which is a retelling of the events that took place throughout the book. The illustrations are colorful and capture Nicky's joy and Barkus's energy. This is a great book for early readers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    An early chapter book for beginning readers which would also make for a good read aloud for preschoolers and kindergartners. The story has warmth and humor, and it's hard not to fall for Barkus and his owner. It's an engaging book. Heavily illustrated but with plenty of text so as not to look too young. Colorful but still with plenty of white space to discern the words on the page without difficulty. The front cover shows Barkus wearing his dog tag which says "Book 1" and I think kids will be ha An early chapter book for beginning readers which would also make for a good read aloud for preschoolers and kindergartners. The story has warmth and humor, and it's hard not to fall for Barkus and his owner. It's an engaging book. Heavily illustrated but with plenty of text so as not to look too young. Colorful but still with plenty of white space to discern the words on the page without difficulty. The front cover shows Barkus wearing his dog tag which says "Book 1" and I think kids will be happy to know that. Lastly, love the dedication to the real Barkus, the author's neighbor dog.

  13. 4 out of 5

    BiblioBickie

    One windy day, Uncle Everton shows up at Nicky's door with "a very big brown dog" named Barkus, a gift for Nicky. Four chapters describe various adventures Nicky and Barkus have together, and the last chapter sums it all up. This is a perfect, gentle book with no obnoxious child or pet behavior that will nonetheless appeal to readers advancing into chapter books. Especially good for kindergarten and first grade advanced readers as the text is slightly more challenging, but the experiences in the One windy day, Uncle Everton shows up at Nicky's door with "a very big brown dog" named Barkus, a gift for Nicky. Four chapters describe various adventures Nicky and Barkus have together, and the last chapter sums it all up. This is a perfect, gentle book with no obnoxious child or pet behavior that will nonetheless appeal to readers advancing into chapter books. Especially good for kindergarten and first grade advanced readers as the text is slightly more challenging, but the experiences in the story are relatable. Best for ages 4-7.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ames Public Library Youth Services

    Uncle Everton is going away to travel the world and needs someone to take care of his dog, Barkus. When Nicky is given the chance to take care of the "smartest dog in the world," she is thrilled to take it! She and Barkus develop a friendship in which Nicky lovingly takes care of Barkus and any of his friends. This is a sweet early chapter book for beginning readers. The modern, colorful illustrations by Marc Boutavant reflect the story's cheerful sensibility and MacLachlan's text will appeal to Uncle Everton is going away to travel the world and needs someone to take care of his dog, Barkus. When Nicky is given the chance to take care of the "smartest dog in the world," she is thrilled to take it! She and Barkus develop a friendship in which Nicky lovingly takes care of Barkus and any of his friends. This is a sweet early chapter book for beginning readers. The modern, colorful illustrations by Marc Boutavant reflect the story's cheerful sensibility and MacLachlan's text will appeal to the youngest of dog lovers. JP

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan is the first book in a series for new readers. This early chapter book will delight dog lovers with it's colorful illustrations and an endearing pooch named Barkus. When Barkus comes to live with Nicky and her family life just gets a little more exciting each day. Barkus is sneaky, loving, frolicky, curious and an all around great new member of the family. It will be fun to see what high jinks he gets up to in the next book. For ages 5 - 8.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Bateman

    I received an ARC of this book, which will come out in June of 2017 and promises to be the first of a series. Nicky's uncle has given her an unusual present--a very large dog named Barkus. This changes everything. Four short chapters have warm and loving adventures to tell as Barkus settles into his new life, and Nicky finds the joys of pet ownership, like doggy parties. When Barkus adopts a kitten everything now seems complete. This simple yet heart-warming book will be a hit with dog-lovers wh I received an ARC of this book, which will come out in June of 2017 and promises to be the first of a series. Nicky's uncle has given her an unusual present--a very large dog named Barkus. This changes everything. Four short chapters have warm and loving adventures to tell as Barkus settles into his new life, and Nicky finds the joys of pet ownership, like doggy parties. When Barkus adopts a kitten everything now seems complete. This simple yet heart-warming book will be a hit with dog-lovers who are just learning to enjoy chapter books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    Oh, Barkus! I can't wait to read more of these because they are the perfect early chapter book for readers not quite ready for the real deal. I will definitely be recommending this to my patrons! The illustrations are adorable, and it doesn't hurt that the main character is a redhead and there's a kitten named Baby. Totally naming my next dog Barkus.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Pretty adorable. I wish I had a life that included my dogs like this one does Barkus. The only problem with this book (for librarians) is where to put it. It's not in typical easy reader format and it has less pictures. Too many words for picture book. If libraries have a chapter book section it might be best there. But as is, it's very confused about where it should belong.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hays

    This is a great book which can help students transition into the chapter books which might be otherwise too challenging. Though is longer than the typical beginning reader, the text is not significantly harder or more challenging to read. This is great for those students who are just starting to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Uncle Everton brings Nicky a suprise, a new dog named Barkus! Nicky and Barkus go on several adventures as he joins this new family. This is a short chapter book that could be read as separate stories to young children. Barkus is a fun book with a lot of action. I loved the retro illustrations!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Donna Mork

    A wordy story, several chapters. Uncle brings the girl a dog. His name is Barkus. He's very smart and goes to school with her. He becomes the class pet. Then he has a birthday party with all his dog friends. Then he finds a kitten to adopt. They end up camping out together in the back yard and aren't afraid of the dark.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    This is the start of a wonderful book series to use as a beginning chapter book. With the simple text of a beginning reader and organized into five short "chapters", this is a delightful story of how Nicky was matched with her dog, Barkus. Mark Boutavant's digital artwork is fun, lively and contemporary. A sure-fire winner for emergent readers! For Pre to 3rd grades.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Barkus is a cute, accessible early chapter book about a kid and their dog, a classic pair of best friends. The book is notable in that it's main human character is gender neutral. No pronouns are used to describe them and a gender neutral name is used. This, along with the well-paired illustrations, makes the book a mirror for any young, exuberant reader.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tina Hoggatt

    Is this a picture book or an early reader? Both, I think. Episodic tale of how Barkus, a big, brown dog came to stay, got to school, adopt a kitten, and make life better all around. The book closes with a meta ode to goodnight stories. how I love the illustrations by Marc Boutevant. As much as I love the text by Patricia McClachlan.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    -Such a cute story about a little girl that gets a dog from her uncle. Of course, she and the dog become best friends and they do everything together. Then one day, the dog brings home a baby cat. Now they are all besties. Cute story for the animal-loving child.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donna Dobihal Smith

    For those who like Mercy Watson, Barkus will be a happy choice. Meet this big, loveable, innocent dog who whirls and twirls and doesn't bite, in short chapters, large font, and cheerful, humorous pictures. Even cat people will love this story!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ann Haefele

    The adventures of a little girl and her new dog Barkus are told through 5 chapters. Each chapter is self contained, but the stories build on each other to complete one larger story. Everyone will want Barkus as a pet after finishing the book! Lots of colorful illustrations complement the story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Nikki gets a surprise present . . . Barkus. Typical dog/kid book without anything special. I would have a hard time figuring where this goes in a library collection; is it a reader or an early chapter book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Great beginning chapter book for young students-especially if they like dogs. I'm a huge dog lover so of course I loved this book. It was charming, relatable and had bright, colorful illustrations. It contained 5 short chapters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    A well illustrated beginner chapter book, with a straightforward interesting story. Each chapter read like it's own story, maintaining a connection to the previous chapter. Just long enough for my 4 and 5 year old to listen to, but not a chapter book totally over their head.

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