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The Barking Ballad

A Bark-Along Meow-Along Book

Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

About The Book

With a woof and meow and a bow-wow-wow, kids can bark along to this lively, luminously illustrated interactive picture book about a dog and the cat who befriends him.

A cheerful dog and kindly kitty
became friends true and rare.
Bark along to join the ditty
of this unlikely pair.

When the dog gets hurt and the cat helps him recover, the two become fast friends. And soon, the town is filled with the ballad of a hundred barks—and one small meow.

About The Author

Photograph by Joe Max Emminger

Julie Paschkis is a painter, textile designer, and award-winning illustrator and author of many books for children, including Vivid: Poems and Notes about Color; Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown, an Américas Award winner and an Orbis Pictus Honor book; Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams by Janet S. Wong, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary by Julie Larios, a Boston Globe–Horn Award Honor Book. She lives in Seattle with her husband. Visit her at JuliePaschkis.com.

About The Illustrator

Photograph by Joe Max Emminger

Julie Paschkis is a painter, textile designer, and award-winning illustrator and author of many books for children, including Vivid: Poems and Notes about Color; Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown, an Américas Award winner and an Orbis Pictus Honor book; Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams by Janet S. Wong, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary by Julie Larios, a Boston Globe–Horn Award Honor Book. She lives in Seattle with her husband. Visit her at JuliePaschkis.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 5, 2021)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534492615
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD550L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"[An] interactive, interspecies friendship story . . . the many folk art–style graphic flourishes embellish the playful, flat-perspective watercolors.”

– Publishers Weekly

"An interactive, melodic adventure involving an unlikely pair. . . great fun in a lap with pre-readers. Anything but ruff."

– Kirkus Reviews

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