A Dog Called Kitty

A Dog Called Kitty The puppy was small and fuzzy with a friendly wagging tail and Ricky was afraid of him No wonder since he was attacked by a dog when he was just a baby So when a stray puppy comes sniffling around

  • Title: A Dog Called Kitty
  • Author: Bill Wallace
  • ISBN: 9780823403769
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The puppy was small and fuzzy, with a friendly, wagging tail and Ricky was afraid of him No wonder, since he was attacked by a dog when he was just a baby So when a stray puppy comes sniffling around the farm, Ricky tells it to get lost.But the puppy keeps trying to play with Ricky And every time Ricky s Mom feeds the cats, the little dog comes running The cats aren The puppy was small and fuzzy, with a friendly, wagging tail and Ricky was afraid of him No wonder, since he was attacked by a dog when he was just a baby So when a stray puppy comes sniffling around the farm, Ricky tells it to get lost.But the puppy keeps trying to play with Ricky And every time Ricky s Mom feeds the cats, the little dog comes running The cats aren t sharing their food, however, and the poor pup is slowly starving.If Ricky doesn t overcome his fear, the little puppy may die but if he lets himself get close enough to feed it, he may find the best friend he s ever had Winner of the Texas Bluebonnet, the Oklahoma Sequoyah and the Nebraska Golden Sower Awards.

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    1. Several things bothered me in this story 1st - the dad: the first scene sets him up as extremely cruel (moving away and taking the kids, leaving mom behind) but the rest of the time he only seemed to laugh. The kid was scared of him, but except for one mention of not wanting him to remove his belt, there is no development of the potential abuse. But it must be there because2nd - the kid beats up a bully? And basically blacks out doing it? ("I don't remember what happened") and3rd - he's actually [...]

    2. I really liked this book because I'm a dog lover and i think Bill Wallace is a great author. This book is of a boy who hates dogs ever since he was attacked by one. Even though the puppy is tiny and skinny, with sad brown eyes and a friendly, wagging tail, Rick(the boy) doesn't want it hanging around the farm.The barn cats hate to share food with the puppy and it looks as if the puppy will starve to death unless someone comes to rescue. Ricky may be afraid of dog, but he doesn't want to see one [...]

    3. This book was so well-written I probably would have rated it four stars if not for two things. One, the parents. Moving your entire family out to another state with absolutely no warning or discussion with your wife is a jerk move, 'Dad,' and treating your son as if he's a useless coward because he's afraid of dogs, particularly when he had a traumatic experience with one, is just mean. The other thing is the ending. (view spoiler)[I can't stand 'kill the dog just to give the kid a replacement w [...]

    4. A Dog Called Kitty is the first "novel" I ever read. I was in the second grade and I remember balling my head off over Kitty's death while sitting in the bathtub. It was definitely an eye-opening experience. To be completely honest, it's been far too long for me to give this book an accurate rating, but after 20+ years the fact that I still remember reading this book as well as several specific scenes is enough for me to give it 5 stars. This book helped to create in me a love for reading.

    5. My daughter got this book from the library and I had to reread it. It was my favorite book when I was her age and it still made me laugh and cry like it did back then. Such a great book!

    6. Oh wow, this was my most favorite book when I was a kid! I must have read this book literally HUNDREDS of times growing up. I remember I had an autographed copy of the hardcover edition. I obtained it when I met Mr. Wallace when he came to my school when I was in third or fourth grade. I think it had just been published. This book was the beginning of my love affair with reading. Thinking about it, I am now sad that I don't know what happened to my autographed copy.I very highly recommend this b [...]

    7. I was extremely disappointed by this book. I'm an English tutor and my student chose this book for us to read together, but had I known what was in store I would have selected something else. To begin with, the grammar is terrible. Fragmented sentences completely threw off the flow of our reading, which my student already struggles with. In addition to its poor structure, I found the story extremely violent and was concerned by what these "children's books" are teaching the youth. For example, t [...]

    8. A Dog Called Kitty (a strange name for a dog but oh well) is about a 10 year old boy named Ricky who is absolutely terrified of BIG scary dogs (its OK Ricky I am too!) and has been ever since he had a extra scary dog attack he had when he was little. Ricky moves to a farm and gets settled in until he meets a innocent looking brown scruffy dog that nobody could resist! Ricky is still scared of the small puppy and the dog causes no harm especially cause he is homeless. Small scruffy brown dog begi [...]

    9. Ricky had been attacked by a dog when he was younger making him scared of dogs. Because Ricky would get so worked up over his fear of dogs his father told him needed to get over his fear because it was controlling him. A stray, starving puppy ended up on their property and Ricky started taking care of it, promising that he was going to get rid of it when it was better. Ricky grew to love his dog, Kitty. While out on their farm looking for a lost cow, five stray dogs came and started after the ca [...]

    10. I read this book to my 9 and 6 year olds. My 6 year old wanted to read it because of the title. She didn't end up liking it at all and stopped listening before we finished. I didn't like it either. Though I realize it is told by a child, the grammar is so awful that if I didn't edit it as I read, neither of my children could understand what Rickey was saying. Also, most of the relationships in the story are somewhat dysfunctional and almost frightening. Things that were meant to be completely no [...]

    11. A dog called kitty is a great book! The main character Rickey has hated dogs ever since he got attacked when he was just little. But he cant resist a stray dog skinny dirty those doggy brown eyes. Ricky DOES NOT want this dog just hanging around the farm though! The cats wont share the food with this poor dog so he is going to have to starve to death until Ricky actually thinks to feed him! So Ricky thought of a plan he will feed the dog get it back to normal then run it off! Can Rickey overcome [...]

    12. This was a good book. I could not get my eyes out of this book, because it was too good. It reminded me of Bill's other books, because it was about a dog. However, certain parts of it did not make sense (spoiler alert). The fact that the puppy lived that long with very little food did not make sense, nor how he climbed the fence like a cat, or how he lived through the dog attack (I guess the last one makes a little more sense). This is a story of love, death, and fear. Overall it was a good book [...]

    13. This book would have been a lot better if it had been one of the few where the dog doesn't die. There are several really great scenes where Kitty helps Rick overcome his fear of dogs including really big, mean dogs. The story even circles back to the second encounter Rick has with a dog to prove that he isn't too scared to stand up for someone anymore. It's a good lesson, but it could have ended without Kitty dying in my opinion.

    14. I believe I first read this book when I was in middle school. And, yes, I cried. I've re-read it a number of times since then because it's a fast read; one quiet afternoon is all it takes. And, yes, I still cry. I'm a sucker for stories like these. I still have the original book from middle school and hope that my son & daughter read it, too.

    15. I think that this book is a good book because it talks about a relationship between two enemies who became best friends.

    16. This book was so sad and kind of poignantI felt like crying at some parts but all in all it was really good.

    17. Seriously I loved this book. I wore out my own as a kid and when a friend was getting ready to move (in high school) I saw that she had a copy and now have hers. I cried so hard

    18. the first time i read this book i was in fourth grade.i cried so much because of this book but it was worth it because it was a wonderful book

    19. my favorite part was when kitty was founde worst part was when he died favorite character was kittye worst character was the bad dogsryn 9 years

    20. This book was originally published in 1980, and even though it never mentions it, I think it was supposed to be set years before that. So adult behavior is going to be shocking for anyone reading it now. The Dad announcing he was leaving and taking his kids with or without his wife alone would make most kids cringe.The story is pretty good if you can get past the way people used to behave. The boy has a fear of dogs and he learns to love this stray pup.The scene where they find the cow and her c [...]

    21. This is a childhood favorite. It's just awesome. It's so sweet and honest. I don't usually read from this genera, and while it may carry some of its stereo typical plot lines, it's not nearly as attention grabbing books. Because of that, whenever I read this book, it's a lot easier to take a step back, and view my own world, instead of world of the made up by the author. However, I also have to read No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman, just to get me in a good mood. If you're looking for a nice, [...]

    22. This is a short but touching story. Ricky was attacked as a baby by a dog, and since then hasn't been able to overcome his fear of the lovable family pets. A stray has found its way to his farm however and is slowly starving. Ricky must overcome his fears to keep the pup alive. If he can do it, he may have a friend for life.This is a winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award and for very good reason. The author has captured and told a tremendous tale of the love that can grow between a boy and his pe [...]

    23. This book really struck a chord with me when I was growing up, so it became part of my short list of periodic re-reads, alongside books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Louisa May Alcott. If you like Where the Red Fern Grows, you will like A Dog Called Kitty.

    24. Ricky is afraid of dogs because when he was little he was attacked by one that had rabies. When he finds a little pup in his barn that is almost dead he must over come his fear if the dog is to survive.

    25. I read this when I was a little girl and it became my all time favorite. But between moving around and the rest of the obstacles of life, I haven't read it since. I was expecting it to be not as good as I remembered, but it was. Even as an adult the story held my attention from beginning to end.

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