1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Bks. Oct. 2017. ISBN 9781501972720. $15.75. digital download.
PreS-Gr 2—When world exploration can wait no more, Uncle Everton leaves his giant travel-averse dog Barkus with his niece Nicky. Barkus quickly nestles right into his new family, soon becoming Nicky's beloved class dog at school, having raucous dog cookie parties with his canine pals, and adopting a purr-fect baby of his own. Newbery Medal author MacLachlan brings to joyful life an amiable trio of forever friends in a hybrid picture and beginning chapter book. In this recorded version, voice actress Lori Gardner takes a straightforward approach. She alters her voice only subtly to indicate different characters, and speaks slowly enough for beginning readers to understand and follow along in the book. With no music or sound effects, the charm of the story and characters shine through unimpeded. Listeners will look forward to more adventures of Barkus and friends.
VERDICT A gentle, friendly choice for young listeners and readers; any library would do well to have this title in its collection.

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