He is nameless. He is homeless. He is lost.
Until he is found . . . by a team of mutts who shelter him and teach him how to survive the wilds of the city park.
And so he becomes Waggit, the best hunter and tracker in the pack.
But life in the park is dangerous and uncertain. In winter, food and warmth are scarce. Another team of wild dogs is a constant menace. And there is always the fear of capture by park rangers. Waggit can't help feeling that something is missing . . . something warm and cozy . . . and human. Then one day everything changes and Waggit must face a new threat and a new choice.
Peter Howe's tale of an abandoned puppy's search for home is an exciting mix of humor, adventure, and suspense. Most of all, it is a story of how love can turn strangers into family.
Photographer Howe's first novel, based on his rescue of an abandoned dog in 1981, is a coming-of-age tale told from the canine perspective, with ample anthropomorphizing. Believing he has been separated from his owner, Waggit crisscrosses Central Park until he is befriended by Tazar, leader of a band of generally affable strays ( We are our own masters; we owe obedience to no one, Tazar sternly tells Waggit). Waggit's new brothers and sisters teach him survival skills that may make vegetarians squirm, and he contributes by trapping scurries and hoppers when winter descends and food becomes scarce. A battle with a rival pack and the ever-present threat of park rangers who take dogs to the Great Unknown provide tension Waggit gets captured, but ultimately gains a new home and owner. Dog lovers (especially New Yorkers) will enjoy the knee-high view of the park and Howe's take on canine vernacular it's not Central Park West but Goldenside, and humans are Uprights. (A glossary and birds'-eye-view map marking both geography and plot points are provided.) Howe doesn't sugarcoat the lives of homeless dogs, and readers will find themselves drawn into the struggles and triumphs of Waggit's found family. Ages 10-up.
Customer ReviewsSee All
❤️My favorite loved story❤️
I love reading this book if I get older I will read this book again I was always dreaming to be in the book I also love it I was inspired by making a book and drawing and writing! I will read this again soon but must read the next one!
Favorite book. Ever.
Just read the title! I love is book and I have it in book form. It was a birthday present form my friend and I fell in love with it. I've had it for so long, I don't remember when I got it. This book is funny and happy and sad. It's better than Warriors or Survivors or Wings of Fire. (No offense to those books' authors!) I don't yet have the second or third, but from their descriptions, they look AMAZING. And YES they should make it a movie!!! But with real dogs, not animations. This book ROCKS!!!
I love this!!!!!
I am reading this in book form not iBooks but it is AMAZING!! I'm on page 50 right now and it's a library book due in 2 weeks. I have been reading it every night and if you are reading reviews to see if you should buy it then BUY IT!!!! I ❤️ Waggit and Lowdown!!