Every month we introduce you to an Appletree Books staff member and some of their recommended reads.
Important things about me:
My birthday is January 23, 2005. My full official title is: His Imperial Majesty, EUCLID, Dog of Dogs, conquering Dog of the tribe of Beagle, conqueror of the Nation of Canine, Dog-Elect of Overlook Manor, and Highest Ruler of the ruled in the land of those who must be ruled.Besides reading, my favorite activity is sniffing.My favorite bookstore is Appletree Books [editor’s note: well, naturally]. As a puppy, I used to sunbathe in the front windows. I prefer mysteries and fiction.My official biography is A Day in the Life of Euclid, Mayor of Overlook Road, by Brittan and Mariana. The book is currently out of print.
My recommended reads:
The History of the World in Fifty Dogs (Abrams Image), by Mackenzi Lee.
A who’s who of famous and historically significant canines. No beagles, but then no book is perfect.
Barkus, Book 1 (Chronicle Books), by Patricia MacLachlan.
A perfect introduction to dogs for beginning readers. Or a perfect introduction to reading for dog lovers. Something like that.
Bad Dog (Doubleday), by Mike Boldt.
This picture book is about a very bad dog, indeed, and like so many great books, it has a great twist (hint: meow).
Dog Songs (Penguin Books), by Mary Oliver.
Oh, to be appreciated by one of the greats of American poetry! She really gets us dogs: how warm we are, how much we love our human companions, how little control we have over shedding. (To paraphrase a famous singer, we were born this way, baby.)
Dog Man: Fetch-22 (Graphix), by Dav Pilkey.
The most recent addition to my favorite graphic-novel superhero series. Who needs Captain America, when you have Dog Man? In this volume, Dog Man shows us all the values of kindness, doing good, and getting along with all kinds of folks. Even cats.