Product Details
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4 to 8
P to 3
Trim Size:
10" x 8"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-984-1
Full-color illustrations
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Dog park? Let’s go! Percy may be a small dog, but he more than makes up for it in attitude and energy. Holding tight to his precious toy ball, he makes his way to the dog park, coming across three friends along the way—Molly, with her kerchief; Oatmeal Cookie, with his Frisbee; and lovable giant Fluffy, with his bone. At the park, the four friends have fun running, digging, and sniffing—until a sneering, jeering squirrel dares to challenge Percy, causing him to drop his beloved toy. Percy’s ball sails through the air, flying so high that he might lose it forever… but an unlikely hero dashes in to save the day! Told from the perspective of a way-too-big-for-his-britches Jack Russell Terrier, and paired with humorous, quirky illustrations, this hilarious, original story from New York Times best-selling author Alison McGhee is brimming with enough personality and wit to keep children and adults alike giggling from start to finish.


“There’s fine readaloud comedy in McGhee’s voice for Percy, which is entertainingly affected in its clipped cinematic poshness … the exaggerated yet uncomplicated figures are easily legible by young viewers, and patch-eyed Percy is a lively hero (and the furtive squirrel a fine villain)….audiences will appreciate this new take on the age-old battle between dog and squirrel.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books  

“Percy is a bright-eyed dog…(who) plays with his canine pals at the dog park, culminating in an encounter with a feisty, ball stealing squirrel. He narrates the story with just a few words and a snappy attitude, using witty expressions. Minimalist, digitally produced illustrations…compliment the sophisticated tone of the text..” – Kirkus Reviews  

“This exuberant story is perfect for the preschool set, who will love the dogs’ antics and Percy’s peppy personality. The minimal text and energetic, digitally colored pencil illustrations…will ensure that listeners’ attentions never stray.” – Booklist

“Percy…recounts his adventure at the dog park in this chipper picture book…McGhee humorously creates an imagined inner dialogue of a high-energy pet…and Mann's breezy portraits will be familiar to anyone who's spent even a little time around dogs in action.” Publishers Weekly  

“Percy, the Dog of Destiny, is on his way to the dog park with his ball and friends…Readers quickly learn the canines’ personalities while watching them play…Simple art in pencil…creates an uncluttered flow for the action of the characters…in a tale for those who love their four-legged canine friends…A dog lovers’ delight…” School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee is the New York Times best-selling author of Someday, Always, and Little Boy, as well as many other picture books, children’s novels, and novels for adults. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit

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Meet the Illustrator

Jennifer K. Mann

Jennifer K. Mann is the illustrator of Turkey Tot and the author-illustrator of Two Speckled Eggs. She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington, with her family. Visit

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