Review: Barkus


Meet Barkus. Barkus is loyal. Barkus is generous. Barkus is family.

The exuberant Barkus and his lucky young owner whirl and twirl across the pages of this delightful pre-chapter book series from award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The accessible text is ideal for even the newest independent reader, while the warm, humorous story and energetic illustrations will appeal to picture book readers as well as advanced readers.

Emergent readers are sure to fall in love with Barkus, the sweet, mischievous, loveable star of this charming new series.


When Uncle Everton comes to visit Nicky and her parents, he brings with him a wonderful present – a big brown dog names Barkus! Barkus might be big, but he’s very gentle, and makes friends every where he goes, whether they’re human friends at Nicky’s school (where he becomes the class dog), canine friends at his noisy birthday party, or even feline friends, in the form of Baby, the stray kitten he adopts.


The text is indeed highly accessible, and the book is broken into several stories which can be read separately, making it even more accessible for emergent readers. Barkus would be a great companion piece for another book I reviewed recently – Charlie and Mouse. Both books feature simple, accessible text, short stories that can be read separately, and sweet, charming characters who get into charming, gentle adventures.


Marc Boutavant’s illustrations are filled with vibrant colour, and there’s a vintage quality to them that’s immensely charming.

Young readers, especially those with a soft spot for dogs, are going to lap up every moment spent with their new friend Barkus!


Hardcover, 56 pages
June 6, 2017 : Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

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