Remember Rafe Katchadorian? From the Middle School series? Well, these hilarious Dog Diaries are written by Rafe’s mischievous, furry friend Junior! Actually, James Patterson and Steven Butler wrote the spinoff about Junior, who is writing his own books. However, I’m sure you get the idea. These doggy diaries are sure to make any kid laugh out loud until their bellies hurt.
The Dog Diaries are probably best suited for 1st to 4th graders. Although, that doesn’t stop me from reading what I like. Sometimes a fun kids’ book is just good medicine. Thus far, there are seven books in this easy-to-read and brilliantly illustrated series. I highly recommend adding the Dog Diaries series to your child’s library. Or yours.
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1. Dog Diaries (2018)
Only a year ago, Junior was locked up in pooch prison, the Hills Village Dog Shelter. Ugh, the scariest place in the whole universe. A boring place where there are no ear scratches, nose hoops, or belly rubs. Thankfully, he was rescued by a boy who smelled like junk food and broken rules, ‘Ruff Catch-A-Doggy-Bone’. Junior had finally found a buddy for life, his new pet human.
Although ‘Ruff’ and Junior share many exciting adventures together, they also cause a whole lot of ruckus! So much in fact, that the two must now go through obedience school. After Junior got loose at the dog park, Mrs. Stricker (a professional dog trainer) demands that Ruff train his misbehaved dog or it’s back to the horrible, Hills Village Dog Shelter.
2. Happy Howlidays (2019)
It’s Juniors very first ‘howliday’ season and boy is it a humdinger! Join Junior on a comical, festive adventure, where he causes a ‘Fangsgiving’ disaster! ‘Critter-Mess’ is a real surprise with ‘Saint Lick’, the strange people called ‘Carol’ that howl at the front door and the strange shiny tree that suddenly appears in the ‘Catch-A-Doggie-Bone’ kennel. This should be the most pawsome, most barktastic howliday ever! As long as Junior can stay out of the doghouse.
3. Mission Impawsible (2020)
Another tail-wagging adventure, It’s SUMMERTIME, and Junior is getting his very own doggy vacation! A fur-raising story about how Junior survived when his pet humans went on vacation without him. How he survived icky vegetables. His super-secret plan to steal hamburgers and how he and his pooch pals plan to break free and go home! As Junior always says, “You can’t keep a good dog down!”
4. Curse of the Mystery Mutt (2020)
It’s October and ‘Howly-Wiener’ is only days away. Something dreadful is happening! Something so terrifying it will make your tail curl. Junior’s first-time trick or treating might possibly be disrupted by a mystery mutt that is terrorizing the town. A spine-jangling howling has been heard in the middle of the night. Favorite toys have been stolen, trash bags shredded and all the best pee spots have been re-scented! Junior must find the evil mastermind before it’s too late.
5. Ruffing It (2021)
Junior is so excited, his human family is going on vacation and this time they’re taking him with them. And they’re going to the most magical place in the world THE WOODS! All the sticks you could possibly want! Endless raccoons to chase! A lake to doggy-paddle in! It’s a canine paradise!
But all of Junior’s best plans are ruined when Iona Stricker-the most miserable, cruel, and obedience-obsessed human you could ever meet shows up and puts an end to his fun. That is until a fugitive from the local animal shelter sneaks into camp and everything changes.
This vacation might turn out to be fun after all!
6. Dinosaur Disaster! (2022)
We’re in luck, my person-pal, because we are going to see DINO-ROARS! Yes, we! Including me, Junior, everyone’s favorite PUP. Not even the pesky “no dogs in the museum” rule can keep me away from this fossil-tastic FEAST-A-SAURUS. So join me to discover:
- How I came snout-to-face with a TERRIER-SAURUS REX in the flesh (well, the BONE)!
- The dustiest, moldiest, most PAW-fect sniff-a-licious scents I’ve ever wrapped my nose around.
- Why my pack of pooch pals and I planned a BARK-tastic break-in.
It’s going to be a HOWLING good time, so long as my friends and I don’t get caught. Otherwise, this FUR-RAISING adventure might end with us in the DOG HOUSE!
7. Big Top Bonanza (2022)
I’ve never been to a real live circus before, but I know it will be the best thing EVER! I’ve heard all about circus things from Mama Mange, and, WOW, does she have some stories!
I can’t wait until opening night. It all looks so AMAZING! Well, apart from those scary man monsters with green hair and red noses… Hopefully, I can steer clear of them…
With my whole pooch pack alongside me – and, of course, my favorite pet human, RUFF! – what could possibly go wrong…?
These are fantastically funny stories for those of you who want to hear your favorite kiddo’s laugh out loud! I hope you enjoyed the short summaries. For more fun stories by James Patterson, check out Book Series in Order, where you can link to Amazon and buy your favorites today! Or explore the rest of my website for more great ideas.
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