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The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog

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Staff Pick

One expects hilarity and satire from beloved humorist Dave Barry, but heartwarming and tender? Surprisingly, he pulls it off with aplomb. A perfect holiday gift for loved ones!
Recommended by Hank, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist comes one of the funniest, warmest, most delightful Christmas stories ever.

My name is Doug Barnes, and this stuff happened on Christmas Eve in my town, which is Asquont, New York.

The year is 1960, and, as it is every year, the Christmas pageant at St. John's Episcopal Church, directed by Mrs. Elkins — who used to be in The Theater in New York, and who is tall and skinny, with hair the color of the orange part of a candy corn — is a very big deal. Doug is a shepherd this year, which is better than being a Three King, because, for one thing, you get to carry a stick. But there are problems everywhere: His fellow shepherds are hacking around, which makes Mrs. Elkins yell at all of them; the girl he likes is playing Mary opposite a Joseph who is depressingly smart and athletic and cute; the family dog is doing very poorly, and they have no idea what they're going to tell Doug's little sister Becky, who's playing one of the Host of Angels and who loves the dog more than anything; and his dad's just gotten a flat tire, which means they might not even get to the pageant at all.

But Christmas is a time of miracles. And for Doug and his family, this will be the most miraculous Christmas of all.

Dave Barry has been delighting readers for decades with his newspaper columns, nonfiction, novels for adults and novels for children, but this book is something special: a story for all ages that'll touch the heart and make you laugh out loud. And you may never look at a manger scene the same way again.

Review:

"Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist Barry (Big Trouble) spins a nostalgic tale about a boy and his dog on Christmas Eve, 1960. Junior high schooler Doug Barnes is playing a shepherd in the Christmas pageant at the bat-infested Episcopal Church. When the Barnes family dog dies on Christmas Eve, Doug and his father end up adopting a shelter dog, Walter, a charmer who manages to wreck the pageant. Accompanying Barry's snappy narrative are photos and goofy advertisements from the period. Barry is a crowd pleaser and doesn't disappoint with this tale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Pulitzer Prize — winning humorist Barry (Big Trouble) spins a nostalgic tale about a boy and his dog on Christmas Eve, 1960. Junior high schooler Doug Barnes is playing a shepherd in the Christmas pageant at the bat-infested Episcopal Church. When the Barnes family dog dies on Christmas Eve, Doug and his father end up adopting a shelter dog, Walter, a charmer who manages to wreck the pageant. Accompanying Barry's snappy narrative are photos and goofy advertisements from the period. Barry is a crowd pleaser and doesn't disappoint with this tale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A nostalgic Christmas fable strikes an engaging balance between humor and heart....Dickens needn't fear the competition, but a Very Barry Christmas should prove a holiday favorite for years to come." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Humorist Barry spins a short and cute yarn, Jean Shepherd style....Fun for the entire family." Library Journal

Synopsis:

The national bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author—one of the warmest and most delightful Christmas stories ever.

With fond nostalgia, Dave Barry takes readers back to a simpler time: The year is 1960, and young Doug Barnes is playing a shepherd in the Christmas pageant at St. Johns Episcopal Church—which is a very big deal. But there are problems everywhere. His fellow shepherds are misbehaving, which makes their director, Mrs. Elkins, yell at all of them; the girl he likes is playing Mary opposite a Joseph who is depressingly smart, athletic, and cute; the family dog is doing very poorly, and they have no idea what theyre going to tell Dougs little sister, Becky, whos playing one of the Host of Angels and who loves the dog more than anything; and his dads just gotten a flat tire, which means they might not even get to the pageant after all.

But Christmas is a time of miracles. And for Doug and his family, this will be the most miraculous Christmas of all.

Synopsis:

The book America took to its heart-the "hilarious" (USA Today) national bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist: "A Very Barry Christmas should prove a holiday favorite for years to come!" (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Among Dave Barry's recent bestselling books are his novels Big Trouble and Tricky Business; the nonfiction Dave Barry's Money Secrets; and the two Peter Pan sequels, written with Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatchers and Peter and the Shadow Thieves.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399154133
Author:
Barry, Dave
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Christmas stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 7, 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
14

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Product details 128 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399154133 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

One expects hilarity and satire from beloved humorist Dave Barry, but heartwarming and tender? Surprisingly, he pulls it off with aplomb. A perfect holiday gift for loved ones!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist Barry (Big Trouble) spins a nostalgic tale about a boy and his dog on Christmas Eve, 1960. Junior high schooler Doug Barnes is playing a shepherd in the Christmas pageant at the bat-infested Episcopal Church. When the Barnes family dog dies on Christmas Eve, Doug and his father end up adopting a shelter dog, Walter, a charmer who manages to wreck the pageant. Accompanying Barry's snappy narrative are photos and goofy advertisements from the period. Barry is a crowd pleaser and doesn't disappoint with this tale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Pulitzer Prize — winning humorist Barry (Big Trouble) spins a nostalgic tale about a boy and his dog on Christmas Eve, 1960. Junior high schooler Doug Barnes is playing a shepherd in the Christmas pageant at the bat-infested Episcopal Church. When the Barnes family dog dies on Christmas Eve, Doug and his father end up adopting a shelter dog, Walter, a charmer who manages to wreck the pageant. Accompanying Barry's snappy narrative are photos and goofy advertisements from the period. Barry is a crowd pleaser and doesn't disappoint with this tale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A nostalgic Christmas fable strikes an engaging balance between humor and heart....Dickens needn't fear the competition, but a Very Barry Christmas should prove a holiday favorite for years to come."
"Review" by , "Humorist Barry spins a short and cute yarn, Jean Shepherd style....Fun for the entire family."
"Synopsis" by ,
The national bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author—one of the warmest and most delightful Christmas stories ever.

With fond nostalgia, Dave Barry takes readers back to a simpler time: The year is 1960, and young Doug Barnes is playing a shepherd in the Christmas pageant at St. Johns Episcopal Church—which is a very big deal. But there are problems everywhere. His fellow shepherds are misbehaving, which makes their director, Mrs. Elkins, yell at all of them; the girl he likes is playing Mary opposite a Joseph who is depressingly smart, athletic, and cute; the family dog is doing very poorly, and they have no idea what theyre going to tell Dougs little sister, Becky, whos playing one of the Host of Angels and who loves the dog more than anything; and his dads just gotten a flat tire, which means they might not even get to the pageant after all.

But Christmas is a time of miracles. And for Doug and his family, this will be the most miraculous Christmas of all.

"Synopsis" by , The book America took to its heart-the "hilarious" (USA Today) national bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist: "A Very Barry Christmas should prove a holiday favorite for years to come!" (Kirkus Reviews)
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