Review: Bobbie the Wonder Dog

Posted on April 12, 2016

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Bobbie the Wonder Dog
Written by Tricia Brown
Illustrated by Cary Porter
WestWinds Press
April 2016
32 pages

Young or old, everyone loves a good dog story. And it’s even better when the story is true. In Bobbie the Wonder Dog,” Tricia Brown tells the true story of a Collie mix that became famous in the 1920s. He was born with a bobbed tail and raised on a farm with the Brazier family. When they moved to town to open a restaurant, they sold Bobbie with the farm. But he refused to stay there and eventually convinced his family that he belonged in town with them. “There was no stopping Bobbie.”

During the summer of 1923, when Frank and Elizabeth Brazier drove 2,800 miles from Oregon to Indiana to visit relatives, their adventurous Bobbie rode along on the back of their touring car. But in Indiana he tangled with a pack of dogs and disappeared. Bobbie was nowhere to be found and the Braziers returned to Oregon without their beloved dog. Little did they know, Bobbie was already on his way back home. “There was no stopping Bobbie.” Six months to the day after his disappearance, Bobbie limped home exhausted and starving. As word spread across the country with a photograph of Bobbie the wonder dog, many people wrote to the Braziers to tell them how they had met and helped Bobbie along on his journey.

Brown takes a sensational news story and focuses on the devotion of one remarkable dog to bring this amazing story to young readers for the first time. Porter’s illustrations combine rich colors and vintage details to bring Bobbie to life on the pages through all of his adventures and hardships. A dog story as incredible now as it was nearly a century ago, gives Bobbie the Wonder Dog all the makings of a timeless classic. ~ Copyright (c) 2016 by Peggy Tibbetts

Learn more about the author at Tricia Brown Books.

Read more about Bobbie at “Wonder Dog’s” 2,500-mile odyssey put Silverton on the map

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More true dog stories:

Crazy Bitch: Living with Canine Compulsive Disorder by Peggy Tibbetts

Fast into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail by Debbie Clarke Moderow

The Second Chance Dog  by Jon Katz

A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern

War Dogs by Kathryn Selbert

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think  by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

Bad Dog: A Love Story by Martin Kihn

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