Pull up a Chair, It’s a Saturday Book Share: My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

Thanks again for the cool meme, Styling Librarian.

Paulsen_-_My_Life_in_Dog_Years_CoverartI’m going back to 1998 for this one, but it’s well worth the trip.

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen is a wonderful memoir which celebrates the impact nine dogs had on the life of the author. And they are amazingly special dogs, especially since he has claimed to have had about 5,000 dogs in his life! There is an excellent mix of stories here–some funny, some touching, some revealing quite a bit about Paulsen’s young life.

My two favorite stories are of the heartprint variety. “Cookie” serves as the book’s dedication and recounts the tale of how the sled dog once saved Paulsen’s life. “Ike” was a constant companion for Paulsen in a time he needed one most–and then suddenly disappeared. Paulsen finds out why 30 years later, and the reason is one that few readers will soon forget.

My Life in Dog Years is very accessible to and well-loved by middle grade students, but can be appreciated by readers of all ages. It is my go-to memoir for reluctant readers, and I recently used it with a small reading intervention group with great success.

And it would make a great last-minute gift for a dog lover in your life 🙂


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