A Dog and His Boy

By | December 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm | No comments | Books & Reading, For the Kids


Re-released in paperback form this fall from Random House is another middle-grade fiction book from Louisiana-based author Ken Wells.

Rascal: A Dog and His Boy is just what it sounds like. It’s a book from a dog’s perspective — a hunting dog, that is. Rascal grows up in the Louisiana bayous doing things that beagles love to do — especially beagles in the wild terrain of the Pelican State.

This book hits home for me for a couple of reasons: 1) My dad raised beagles for squirrel, deer, and raccoon hunting, and 2) I used to live in that beautiful L-shaped bayou state. The young girl in me can relate to the boy in the story, Meely, since I loved to create all sorts of adventures in the swamps surrounding the house where we lived.

In this tale, Meely gets into a bit of trouble in the bayou, though, and it’s up to his canine companion Rascal and the other farm animals to help him out.


Southerners will appreciate the deep South (Creole-esque) dialect throughout this book — smiling, even, at the fact that it’s the dog’s narrating “voice” that speaks it. A wonderful adventure-ful story for boys and girls alike, this one is perfect for the Christmas stocking. You can purchase Rascal: A Dog and His Boy from these online retailers (SRP of the paperback is just $6.99).

FTC info — Disclaimer: I received the above product from Random House at no cost per my review….but my review is honest and my opinions are my own. I did not receive any other monetary or product compensation for this review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”