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About The Book

This tender and humorous picture book is an ode to all dogs do, from the extraordinary to the everyday.

They catch and carry,
Search and save,
Inspect and guide—
They’re smart and brave!

Next to these amazing dogs, everyday pooches like Butters might not look like much—he drools, he sheds, he hogs the bed. But he also listens close, and keeps us warm, and offers comfort in a storm. He’s a wonder dog, too, and his superpower is loving you!

About The Author

Photograph © Laura Cockfield Photography

Linda Ashman is the author of more than forty picture books, including The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide, illustrated by David Small; Babies on the Go, illustrated by Jane Dyer; and Wonder Dogs, illustrated by Karen Obuhanych. Linda’s own Wonder Dogs have been champion shedders, squirrel-chasers, and sock-stealers. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and their dog, Stella. For more, visit

About The Illustrator

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Karen Obuhanych is an illustrator of picture books with a love for wet noses, slobbery kisses, and muddy paws. When not creating artwork, Karen spends her time with her family including Uggi the Pomchi on the Big Island, Hawaii.

Why We Love It

“As a lifelong dog lover, this book speaks straight to my heart! Dogs are amazing creatures with many skills, but what I love so much about this story is it’s message that your pup—or you!—don’t have to be extraordinary to be worthy. Support and companionship and love can be the greatest gifts of all.”

—Reka S., Editorial Director, on Wonder Dogs!

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 28, 2023)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534494541
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD450L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"A rhymed tribute to our canine companions . . . A sweet treat for dog lovers."

– Kirkus Reviews

Awards and Honors

  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle

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