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Bailey's Day

A book by Robert Haggerty

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Children's Book Review: "Bailey's Day"

  • May 9, 2010
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Aimed at beginning readers, this large picture book tells the tale of Bailey, a pointer dog that lives in Arizona. After her owner leaves for his job as a mail man, Bailey starts the day with a big bowl of dog food and a dog bone. Then, Bailey takes a good long nap in the closet on top of his dad's shirts. When he wakes up it is out the door by himself to explore.

First he plays with a lizard that is sunning himself on the wall of a fence. Bailey gets over the fence and checks on Frankie, the dog of the neighbor. Bailey and Frankie go exploring together making sure to keep an eye out for the mail truck of Bailey's dad.

Along the way they play in a local pool, run down the wash and say hello to the animals that live there, hang out with the kids in the park, get some tacos from Pete the taco man, and head home about sunset. They get found by Bailey's dad who takes pity on the two very tired dogs, and takes them to their respective homes. After a lecture from Bailey's dad about not running free, Bailey goes to bed secure in the knowledge that he can't wait to do it again. The book concludes with twenty pages of large pictures of the real life Bailey who served as the inspiration for the mail man author.

Overall, this is a charming book featuring large and detailed illustrations provided by Illustrator Bobbi Switzer. Each illustration is detailed with lots of little things that become visible during multiple reads. The text itself is appropriate for beginning readers though parents may have to help a little more than they would prefer.

Some parents may also be concerned about the issue regarding responsible pet ownership and pets being allowed to run free. Clearly this isn't Bailey's first foray into the neighborhood and his owner is fully aware of what he does and yet still allows Bailey to exit outside via the doggy door. It should also be noted that both Bailey and Frankie are clearly wearing collars and Bailey has on what appears to be his tag on many illustrations. Interestingly enough neither appears to be the case in the color pictures of the real life Bailey, who appears to be wearing a flea collar only. Depending on reader sensitivity this issue could be a teaching moment for young readers and easily addressed.

Despite that minor issue, which will not impact many readers, this self published book is both charming and appropriate for its intended readership besides that, the book is simply a fun read. At 48 pages it provides both fantasy and reality and works very well for kids and parents. Hopefully there will be quite a few more adventures for Bailey and readers to come.

Material supplied by the author in exchange for my objective review.

Kevin R. Tipple (c)2010

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review by . April 08, 2010
Robert Haggerty introduces us to his charming canine friend, Bailey, in his self-published book for young readers, Bailey's Day.    Inspired by his pooch, who loves to sneak out with his best doggy buddy, Frankie, Haggerty created this cute tale of what exactly Bailey did on her day out. From chasing an elusive lizard, to scaling a wall...then off to a taco stand, Bailey had quite an adventure. All of it wonderfully illustrated and penned. The author's voice is straightforward …
review by . March 28, 2010
Have you ever wondered what your dog, your best friend does while you are away from home? Robert Haggerty has been kind enough to share the routine of his dog Bailey's daily adventures with us in this truly charming children's book. I must admit that I am a pushover for dog stories and this one is exceptionally well done.  First, there is an absolute fact; if you want to get the attention of a room full of small children, either at the library, school or where ever, one surefire way of …
review by . March 26, 2010
Pet owners and lovers, of which I am one, enjoy their antics even when they are annoying and frustrating. Bailey is a real dog that "owns" the author, a mail carrier. Like all good dogs, he is full of mischief, waiting for Haggerty to go to work so that he can find his friend Frankie and go exploring. Frankie is a wiener dog possessing the same spirit of adventure that Bailey does.    Their day is spent in chasing things, running through ditches and mooching as much food as possible from …
review by . March 25, 2010
BAILEY'S DAY is a charmer. Author Robert Haggerty is a mailman in Tucson, Arizona: he happens to own a black and white pointer, a female dog Haggerty found and adopted. His obvious love for his animal fills every page of this delightful book that pleads to be read to children - especially those who either have a dog or those with the possibility of adding a pup to their household.    The story is told in simple style - Bailey belongs to a mailman but during the day she sneaks …
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"Bailey's Day" is a children's book about a very energetic black and white pointer dog. After Bailey's owner, a mailman, goes to work, she sets off for a day of many adventures. After hooking up with her wiener dog friend, Frankie, they go for a swim, romp through the park, and eat tacos with Pete, the taco man. The dogs have to be careful because Bailey's owner could be driving by in his mail truck. Packed with many colorful illustrations and real photos of Bailey, this book is sure to be a hit for young readers, as well as dog lovers.
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ISBN-10: 1432745506
ISBN-13: 978-1432745509
Author: Robert Haggerty
Publisher: Outskirts Press

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