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 Wizard's dog (Wizard's dog)
 Author: Gale, Eric Kahn

 Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 280 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 364466 ISBN: 9780553537369
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Arthur, King -- Fiction
 Merlin -- (Legendary character) -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Fairies -- Fiction
 Middle Ages -- Fiction

Price: $20.88

When his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped, there is nothing Nosewise the dog will not do to get Merlin back, even if it means facing the strange Fae people and their magic-eating worms, or tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone.

 Illustrator: Phillips, Dave

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 187901
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 75204

   School Library Journal (11/01/16)
   Booklist (11/15/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/16)

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School Library Journal - 11/01/2016 Gr 3–6—Merlin's dog, Nosewise, can talk and do a bit of magic with the help of a special stone, instruction from Morgana, and some confidence. But magic isn't a power that should be used by everyone. When Merlin is kidnapped by the fae, it is up to Nosewise and his friend Arthur to save the day. This is an interesting retelling of The Sword in the Stone, offering readers an alternative view of a classic tale. Nosewise makes for a lovable protagonist, with his canine and human characteristics providing humorous insight. Merlin, Morgana, and even Arthur all play supporting roles and serve more as devices to drive the plot rather than characters to be fully explored. This is definitely the dog's story, and animal lovers will enjoy the antics of Nosewise and his human family. VERDICT A delightful magical fantasy, perfect for fans of fairy tales, legends, and dogs.—Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford College, TX - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/15/2016 Legends surrounding Merlin and King Arthur are perennially of interest to children, and here Gale presents the story from the first-person viewpoint of Nosewise, Merlin’s loyal dog. Nosewise believes he is equal to Morgana, Merlin’s young magician-in-training; however, Merlin only sees him as a pet capable of performing dog, rather than magic, tricks. Secretly, Morgana teaches Nosewise how to use her Asteria, a stone that channels one’s magical powers, and is amazed at his abilities. When Morgana’s father, Lord Destrian (a magical Fae), captures Merlin and Morgana, Nosewise uses his newfound talents to follow them. Before long he meets Arthur, the “Poop Boy” for Lord Destrian, and together they escape the castle and face many dangers while traveling to Avalon to rescue Merlin. Gale weaves these legendary figures into an entertaining adventure full of humor and magic that middle-grade readers will love. This makes a good companion to Ralph Hardy’s Argos (2016), in which Odysseus’ dog narrates his master’s story. Final illustrations unseen. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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