The best books starring characters with four paws

Who am I?

I’m a children's books author and a cartoonist. I’ve published more than 160 books, most of them are picture books but I’ve also published comics and novels. I work for many French magazines, writing comics and short tales. I usually travel the world to see kids at school or give lessons. I’m also an art director for a literary factory based in London. I play the electric guitar and sometimes I write songs.


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Where the World Ends: A Zip, Trik, and Flip Adventure

By Davide Calì, Maria Dek (illustrator),

Book cover of Where the World Ends: A Zip, Trik, and Flip Adventure

What is my book about?

Do you ever ask yourself where the world ends? Zip, Trik, and Flip did an decide to go to find it. But it’s not that easy. 

An ordinary day turns into an extraordinary adventure for three friends lying in the grass watching the clouds pass by as Zip, Trik, and Flip set off to find where the world ends. The trio journeys across fantastical landscapes—a lakeside city on stilts, a mysterious and magical forest, a snowy mountaintop—with countless delightful details for young readers to discover. Along the way, they encounter helping hands and discouraging doubters, and each time they think they have reached the end of the world, it seems to move further away. The three friends maintain their spirit and determination, enjoying the journey as much as the destination before returning home again.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Such a Good Boy

Davide Calì Why did I love this book?

I love Marianna’s work. She has been one of my students and since she left school she’s doing great! Buz is a lucky dog. He lives in a luxury house, he got someone taking care of him and he got good and healthy food. Buz is a good dog, but sometimes, he would like to be free of running wild and rolling in the mud.

By Marianna Coppo,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Such a Good Boy as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 5, 6, 7, and 8.

What is this book about?

The ultimate kids' book about dogs, being good, being bad, and being yourself!

From the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of Petra.

Meet Buzz the dog.

He's such a good boy.

Buzz seems to have a perfect life .. .

and a lot of very well-behaved friends.

Buzz would never dream of being anything other than good.

Right, Buzz?
Buzz . . . ?

For anyone who has ever felt pressure to be "good" at the expense of their own self-expression, and for anyone who has ever owned and loved a dog, this beautifully illustrated picture book from author-illustrator Marianna Coppo…


Book cover of Say Hello to Zorro!

Davide Calì Why did I love this book?

Every time I read this one I can hear the voice of Emmanuelle Beulque, my French publisher, while she’s reading it to me. I was in Paris, in Sarbacane’s bureau and this was a new book they were about to translate from the USA. She was so excited about it that she read it to me. Making someone read a book is one of the best things, even when you’re a grown-up.

Zorro is a lovely dog who lives a lovely life. He has his own armchair, his own toys, his own food bowl, and, most important of all, his own time for everything: morning wake up, a morning stroll, nap after lunch. But one day, it comes home a new dog…

By Carter Goodrich, Carter Goodrich (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Say Hello to Zorro! as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 4, 5, 6, and 7.

What is this book about?

Mister Bud is a dog of routine. He has wake up time, nap time, rest time, dinner time, etc. And everyone knows to follow his schedule.

Then disaster strikes. A stranger comes home at "make a fuss time" and throws everything off! Zorro is little bit bossy and Mister Bud wants nothing to do with him. But when the dogs discover they like the same things (like chasing the cat and napping), everything becomes more fun. As long as everyone follows the schedule.


Book cover of It's Only Stanley

Davide Calì Why did I love this book?

Stanley is a very busy dog. If, in the middle of the night, you hear a noisy CLANK CLANK CLANK, it’s only Stanley fixing the oil tank. If you smell a funky smell… it’s only Stanley making catfish stew. Do you hear a buzzing noise? It’s only Stanley fixing the old TV…

I really like this one. It’s so funny, and every time the dad says “It’s only Stanley” I laugh like a kid. The ending is pretty surprising but… no spoiler.

By Jon Agee,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked It's Only Stanley as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 5, 6, 7, and 8.

What is this book about?

'The Wimbledons were sleeping. It was very, very late, When Wilma heard a spooky sound, Which made her sit up straight. "That's very odd," said Walter. "I don't recognize the tune..." "It's only Stanley," Walter said. "He's howling at the moon."' Whoever heard of a dog who can sing, cook and do DIY around the house? He makes a lot of noise and mess, but he's forgiven as does mend the TV. Not until the very end do we, or the hapless Wimbledon family, see just exactly what Stanley the dog has been planning all along!


Book cover of Ralf

Davide Calì Why did I love this book?

Jean Jullien is one of my best favorite illustrators of the moment. Everything he does, whatever it is, a book or a poster, is simply amazing. And super funny. Like this book about a dog named Ralf.

Ralf is a long, very long, dog. It takes a lot of space when he lays on the bed or simply walks around the house. At one point he’s much too long to stay home so he has to sleep outside. But one night… Ok, ok, no spoiler again!

By Jean Jullien,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Ralf as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 4, 5, 6, and 7.

What is this book about?

¡Uy! ¡Huele a humo! Ralf sale corriendo de su caseta para avisar a sus amos del peligro?, pero ¡sus cuartos traseros se quedan atrapados en la trampilla de la puerta! Entonces ocurre algo increíble. ¡El cuerpo de Ralf se estira, se alarga y se extiende sin fin!


Book cover of Oh No, George!

Davide Calì Why did I love this book?

George is a modern classic, one of my best favorites! I always show it to my students when I give some of my writing workshops. And it always works: they laugh! It’s a perfect story because it’s funny and because when you think you can tell how it will be ending, it surprises you with a final twist.

George is a very diligent dog but: he likes eating cakes and playing with the cat and digging the soil of the home plants. So, every time he’s all alone… it’s a disaster!

By Chris Haughton,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Oh No, George! as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 2, 3, 4, and 5.

What is this book about?

It's hard work being good all the time - and it's especially hard for a dog like George! A laugh-out-loud, visual romp from the acclaimed author-illustrator of A Bit Lost, Shh! We Have a Plan, Goodnight Everyone, Don't Worry Little Crab and Maybe.

A board book edition of the hilarious read-aloud romp by the multiple award-winning author-illustrator Chris Haughton, this is the story of George the dog. His owner, Harris, is off to do some shopping. "Will you be good, George?" he asks his dog. George hopes he can. He really wants to ... but chocolate cake is just so…


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Book cover of Sweet Dreams, Boone

Susan Grant Author Of The Bottle House

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Who am I?

I am a Bible college graduate whose faith has always been a practical matter. Because I learned to find the “so what” of the Bible, when I became a teacher of the Bible in the public schools of Rowan County, North Carolina, my elective courses had waiting lists for students to get in to. As I now teach in Maine, I found I could continue to share a practical Christian faith through my writing. The books I have listed here do the very thing that I seek in my own writing.

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What is my book about?

Boone is a sad and lonely little dog. He doesn’t like to be left alone when Mom goes to work.

To help him feel better, Mom buys him a special basket for his bed. When he sleeps, he dreams of a long-ago time and meets a man who is sad and lonely too, until he meets Jesus.

Sweet Dreams, Boone

By Susan Grant, Kelly Artieri (illustrator),

What is this book about?

Boone is a sad and lonely little dog. He doesn’t like to be left alone when Mom goes to work. To help him feel better, Mom buys him a special basket for his bed. When he sleeps, he dreams of a long-ago time and meets a man who is sad and lonely too, until he meets Jesus.


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