I am a huge dog lover! We had a mutt named Percy when I was growing up. She had fuzzy white hair and I adored her. She was replaced by a Jack Russell Terrier named Fanny who still lives with my mom. She is super old, can’t really see or hear, and has always had a weight problem. I have a deep affinity for black labs. My first was Link who was the calmest, sweetest dog on earth. We now have Reggie, not so mellow but equally as sweet and very much neglected since Little Lucy came onto the scene. I can already see the love that Little Lucy has for both Reggie and Fanny. Although Lucy can say mama, I wouldn’t be surprised if her first “real” word (one with true meaning) ends up being dog.
All of this leads to my review of “The Great Gracie Chase.” If you know anything about dogs, you must know that if you want to catch one, DON’T run after it! Gracie is a sweet dog who loves a quiet house. One day the noisy painters show up and Gracie decides to go for a walk all by herself. Soon the whole neighborhood is trying to catch Gracie. Not sure why everyone is chasing her, Gracie decides she must just keep running. Will they every catch her? Read this book and find out how Gracie finally makes it home.
I am a big fan of Cynthia Rylant. She is also a huge dog lover and lives right here in Portland, Oregon with her dog, Gracie Rose.
Title: The great Gracie chase: Stop that dog!
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator: Mark Teague
Publisher: Blue Sky Press