Barking Book Review: CAMP K-9, Written By Mary Ann Rodman, Illustrated By Nancy Hayashi


I was excited when Mom received Camp K-9 in the mail! It is my second bark book review!



I couldn’t wait to get my paws on it!


We all have fears and insecurities and sometimes when we are faced with a bully (like for me the scary black dog I sometimes see when I am walking)  we forget that the reason the bully is being mean to us is because they actually have secret insecurities themselves!

Sometimes if we just open up and share with the bully the person we really are,  the bully might discover that we actually worry about and are afraid of the same things!  We are always stronger than the person who is bullying us, it doesn’t seem like it at the time, but we are.


Many times the most unlikely friends come out of situations where we were being bullied.

Camp K-9 is a delightfully written/illustrated Children’s book that takes a look at hidden insecurities (as well as hidden similarities) as seen through the eyes of  Roxie, an adorable pup on her way to camp (Camp K-9) for the first time.

Roxie has a secret , (her blankie) stashed in her “Pooch Pouch” that she doesn’t want the other campers (especially that mean old Poodle Lacy) to see because Roxie is afraid that Lacy will bully her even worse if she sees what is hiding in her pouch!


Roxie and her friends are all afraid of Lacy and her bullying, until one day Lacy is missing. When Roxie and her friends find that mean old Lacy they discover that SHE has kept a secret HERSELF!

Will Roxie and her fellow doggie campers become friends with Lacy?

What is Lacy’s secret?

I can’t tell!

You will have to read this pawfectly wonderful book yourself to find out!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  • Hardcover: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-56145-561-4
  • Total Pages: 32
  • Size: 8 1/4 x 10
  • Language: English
  • Rights: World


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Ann Rodman, a former school media specialist, is the author of A Tree for Emmy and First Grade Stinks!. She has received both the Ezra Jack Keats Award for Outstanding New Picture Book Writer and the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She lives in Georgia. You can visit Mary Ann Rodman’s website here.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:Nancy Hayashi has illustrated seven picture books, including I Can Do It Myself!, Bunny Bungalow, which won a 2000 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award; Wanda’s Monster, a CCBC Choice; and What Did You Do Today?, also a CCBC Choice. She lives in California.

In full disclosure: Mom and I received no compensation for this review. Well I may have received one or two treats but that was it I swear!


Cody was just incredulous that he WASN’T doing the review AND that the doggies in the book were called “scaredy cats!!” Don’t worry, he’ll get over it!

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  1. Sounds like a great book. I hope it has a happy ending. Katy gets all upset when the books are sad. Then Mom has to give her extra attention which means less for me.

    -Bailey & Katy

    • Hi Bailey!!

      Yep it most certainly DOES have a happy ending! An extremely happy ending!

      I guarantee Katy will love it!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. It sounds like a great book for the little two-leggers!

    Nubbin wiggles,

    • Oh Oskar it is for sure!!!

      You should check it out!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Dakota,

    It sounds like you totally deserved those treats (maybe even some more?!) Tee Hee – you did a fabulous job of reviewing that book buddy!!

    Glad you’re having fun,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy!
      Yeah I sure did deserve those treats but not for reading the book, I LOVED the book!
      it’s the taking of photos that I don’t like BOL!
      Thank you for your kind woofs!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Oh wow!! What a great read!! Yay!!! Thank you Dakota for a fabulous review!! Take care

    • Hi Old Kitty! You are welcome!!! I thank you for stopping by!

      Say hi to Charlie for me!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. A book with a wonderful message for children (hey, even adults could learn from this!).

    • Hi Sara!

      You are EXACTLY right!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. May be my darling sister Rosie needs to read this book as she has too many books with just words and no pictures and she takes them toooooo serious. I don’t like them at all!!!
    ~ Eva

  7. Hi Eva!!! BOL!

    Actually Rosie is waaay too grown up for this book! BOL! But…she could read it to YOU!

    Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  8. Writing a book about a dog is quite an interesting idea. I guess it is easier and cheaper than a book about a cat. If the book is about a cat, their name must be put on the cover and they get half of the royalties!

    • BOL!!! I have to show your comment to my brother Cody!!!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  9. It seems like a nice book. Since I read chicken soup for dog and cat lover soul…I have been wanting to read another animal book. Hope you enjoy the book Dakota.

    …and Cody, you have more book review than Dakota, so let Dakota do more review in the future 🙂

    • Hi Novroz! ohhh this book is for little children! It is a very fast reading but but very cute just the same!

      Cody said he will continue to be the King of Book Reviews! BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  10. Dakota,

    You do such great reviews! I love that you take any opportunity to wind Cody up too! Tee Hee

    Glad you’re having fun,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Snoopy my friend thank you!!

      Actually Mom was supposed to help me read another book LAST WEEK! Did she? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO of course she was too busy with CODY!!!

      She is hoping to sit down with me today (and the next few days) and read some other books that I would like to review. She needs to get off of her butt and get moving!

      Mom was super busy this past weekend (she had a wedding to go to and she had to help my step sister move)…that is why she has been a slacker. BOL!

      It’s not my choice to include my brother…Mom and Cody are thick as thieves!! BOL!

      Barks and licks and love from your pal, Dakota

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