Dogtown (A Dogtown Book #1) (Hardcover)

Dogtown (A Dogtown Book #1) By Katherine Applegate, Gennifer Choldenko, Wallace West (Illustrator) Cover Image

Dogtown (A Dogtown Book #1) (Hardcover)


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This is book number 1 in the A Dogtown Book series.

Now a New York Times bestseller, an Indie bestseller, and an Amazon Best Children's Book! From beloved authors Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko and with illustrations by Wallace West, Dogtown is at once an uplifting story and a page-turning adventure, sure to find a forever home in readers’ hearts.

Dogtown is a shelter for stray dogs, misbehaving dogs, and discarded robot dogs, whose owners have outgrown them.

Chance, a real dog, has been in Dogtown since her owners unwittingly left her with irresponsible dog-sitters who skipped town.

Metal Head is a robot dog who dreams of being back in a real home.

And Mouse is a mouse who has the run of Dogtown, pilfering kibble, and performing clever feats to protect the dogs he loves.

When Chance and Metal Head embark on an adventure to find their forever homes, there is danger, cheese sandwiches, a charging station, and some unexpected kindnesses along the way.

Katherine Applegate is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of beloved and award-winning books for young readers, including Odder, Home of the Brave, Crenshaw, Wishtree, Willodeen, and The One and Only Ivan, for which she won the Newbery Medal. She is also the author of the Animorphs series, and a beginning reader series, Doggo and Pupper, illustrated by Charlie Alder. Katherine Applegate lives in Southern California with her family.

Gennifer Choldenko’s best known Tales from Alcatraz series has been called “A cornerstone series in contemporary children’s literature.” Al Capone Does My Shirts—the first book in the series—was a Newbery Honor Book and the recipient of twenty other awards. All four books in the series were Junior Library Guild selections and garnered many starred reviews. Gennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her loyal husband and naughty dog.

Wallace West is a world explorer spending most of his time on the US East Coast (the rest wherever strikes his fancy). He once foolishly pet a wild alligator and considers a tinned-fish picnic in Norway the best meal he's ever had. By day he writes and illustrates, by night he wonders if he should get a pet snake.

Product Details ISBN: 9781250811608
ISBN-10: 1250811600
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: A Dogtown Book

A New York Times Bestseller!
An Indie Bestseller
An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Book of the Month

★ "Welcome to Dogtown, a shelter for regular dogs—and robot dogs. The shelter’s top dog is Chance, a congenial and introspective pooch, who like all the residents, longs to reunite with her family.... Super short chapters, perhaps suggesting a dog’s alleged limited attention span, keep the novel’s pace moving briskly toward a climax sure to please animal lovers despite a few sad moments along the way. Chance captivates with insights that are hilarious and wise beyond her age in dog years: “Your heart is a muscle…It grows stronger the more you use it.” West’s grayscale art perfectly captures canine emotion and unbridled energy. "--School Library Journal, starred review

"Newbery Medalist Applegate and Newbery Honoree Choldenko team up for this uplifting escape novel
... Angular b&w line drawings by West highlight the humorously sketched canine cast, while brief chapters that explore species divides promise to captivate anyone who enjoys rooting for a couple of down-on-their-luck dogs getting a second chance."--Publishers Weekly

The story offers many moments of laughter and reflection, all greatly enhanced by West’s utterly charming grayscale illustrations of irresistible pooches. Eminently readable and appealing; will tug at dog-loving readers’ heartstrings."--Kirkus Reviews

The tension and humor are beautifully balanced in this sympathetic story, and the delightfully distinct voices and memorable characters are enormous fun. Brief chapters set a brisk pace, and charming black-and-white illustrations are incredibly appealing. A sweet spotlight on shelter animals that is as heartwarming as it is entertaining." --Booklist magazine

"Short chapters and Chance’s snappy narration keep the pace rolling, but Applegate and Choldenko adeptly make space for gently poignant moments along the way. An accessible, appealing romp that provides a dog’s-eye view of the nature of hope, belonging, and found family."--The Horn Book Magazine

Chance is the perfect balance of snark and vulnerability. Her relationships with and affection for the other dogs—metal and flesh—give her particular depth, as she is the one who often explains and comforts Dogtown’s new arrivals: “Just because a human doesn’t want you, doesn’t mean you aren’t lovable.” The plot unfolds gently but directly, making this an easy choice for a classroom or family read-aloud, though tellers and listeners should have tissues on hand."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)