Just a Dog by Michael Gerard Bauer

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Sometimes a dog isn't just a dog--sometimes he's the glue the holds a whole family together.

Mr. Mosely is a special dog. Not just because he's so big (he's part Great Dane.) Not just because he's all white (with one black spot under his eye and a heart shaped splotch on his chest.) Not just because he's clumsy, or because of tricks (he only knows one, and it's not very good.) He's special because he seems to know exactly what everyone in Corey's family needs, even when they don't know themselves. This is the story of Mr. Mosely, from his puppyhood to the last time he curls up on the back porch. It's the story of how sometimes a dog isn't "just a dog". Sometimes he's the glue the holds a whole family together.
 

About Michael Gerard Bauer

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Michael Gerard Bauer, is is the award-winning author of "Don't Call Me Ishmael". He has taught English and economics, and lives in the suburb of Ashgrove, Australia.
 
Published December 1, 2012 by Scholastic Press. 144 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Born to a Dalmatian mother and (apparently) a Great Dane father, the only spots on Mister Mosely are one black tear near his eye and a black heart on his white chest, keys to his personality.

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Lassie or Rin Tin Tin, he's not. To most people, he's just a dog, but to Corey, Mister Mosely is family.

Nov 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Just a Dog

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Despite the title and opening line ("The day my dad said that [Moe] was ‘just a dog,' my mum punched him"), it soon becomes clear that the enormous pet at the center of this tearjerker of a dog story, first published in Australia in 2010, is anything but "just a dog" to his family.

Nov 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Just a Dog

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Michael Gerard Bauer, who is better known for his books for older readers (The Running Man and the Ishmael books) has written a story that beguiles, with its loveable canine character, but also packs an emotional punch.

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