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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Bucky is the incredible true story of a boy and his faithful dog, written by Ralph E. Baldwin and illustrated by Sudipta ‘Steve’ Dasgupta. When ten-year-old Jimmy discovers a large dog in an alley with a bucket on its head, the whole town makes a game of hunting the dog down. The local dog catcher, Mr. Crockett, offers a handsome reward to anybody who finds the dog, but Jimmy has other ideas. With the reward being the furthest thing from his mind, Jimmy decides to lure the dog (which he has named Bucky) out from hiding with kindness and rewards. While Jimmy is walking the dog into town, however, the dog catcher has no intention of letting Bucky slip through his fingers a second time.
I quite enjoyed Bucky’s first tale. Ralph E. Baldwin did a magnificent job of presenting a well-rounded, feel-good tale about a boy, a dog and how their paths were destined to cross. Dogcatcher Crockett tries his dastardliest to nab Bucky from Jimmy’s clutches, even resorting to bullying tactics which made my skin crawl. The love and kindness which young Jimmy showed to Bucky, however, was far more powerful than any trick that the dog catcher tried to pull, and with the dog catcher’s famous reputation for being unscrupulous, things were bound to get ugly. Regardless of the leery dog catcher, I quite enjoyed the introductory tale of Bucky and Jimmy, and look forward to reading more of Bucky’s tales in the future. I wholeheartedly recommend Bucky’s wonderful story to readers, young and old alike, although it is more targeted towards a younger audience. Animal lovers of all ages are sure to love and treasure Bucky for many years to come.