Synopses & Reviews
A big, ugly dog is happy to meet a farmer and his wife who decide to give him a name and a home, but not so happy when they chain him to the barn. All Orville can do is bark to tell the world how unhappy he is, and the more he barks, the more he is left alone. But everything changes when Sally MacIntosh moves into the little house across the road and Orville falls in love.
A beautifully crafted text that blends wry humor with the poignant twang of a country-and-western song is accompanied by dreamy, spare watercolor-and-ink illustrations for a fresh, original picture book that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt lonely or misunderstood.
"Poignant and sweet...Readers who have ever loved a homely pet or felt the pain of being misunderstood will identify with Orville." Wendy Woodfill, School Library Journal
"The words are quiet and immediate, and they work beautifully with the relaxed, eloquent watercolor-and-ink pictures that are always true to the viewpoint of the ugly, unwanted mutt." Booklist