Meet my new friend, Barney. Barney is recommending today’s books:
Barney’s Five Favorite Badass Dogs and Their Books
- Luath and Bodger. The
Incredible Journey by Sheila Branford. These badass dogs (along with a Siamese cat named Tao) are at the center of this beloved children’s adventure about a trio of animals on a journey to find their owners.
- Chet. The Chet and Bernie Mysteries by Spencer Quinn. With his one white ear and one black ear, this K-9 school drop out is the unexpected hero of this smart, charming mystery series about canine detective, Chet, and his human partner, Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency.
- Lava. From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava. This is no Marley & Me. Veteran Jay Kopelman and journalist Melinda Roth somehow find a heartwarming tale in the harsh context of the Iraq war, complete with the realities of corruption, bureaucracy, human suffering, and moral ambiguity. This is the true story of Lava’s journey out of Iraq.
- The Adventures of Hank and Mr.
Cornflakes. This difficult to find picture book is about two dogs who work customs at LAX and live big off the loot they confiscate from travelers. One of the illustrations is of Hank & Mr. Cornflakes throwing a party with meat, fruit and liquor they seized at customs. The party is off the hook, complete with a DJ, cigars, and a live chicken.
- Marrow (John Irving’s dog), Harold (Denis Johnson)’s dog, Bob Barker (Lynda Barry’s dog), Audie (Amy Temple’s dog) and others. Unleashed: Poems by Writers’ Dogs, edited by Amy Hempel and Jim Shepard. Dogs who write poetry?! It doesn’t get more badass than that.
Barney lives in Malibu, California and is currently working on a memoir.