Book Review: Planet of the Dogs: by Robert J. McCarty, Illustrations by Stella Mustanoja McCarty

Looking for a book for the  youngsters in your life that sends the message of love, friendship and loyalty?

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Have you wondered what life was like BEFORE there were dogs?

Where did the first dog come from?

Why did dogs inhabit Earth?

From the Publisher: Out in space, on the other side of the sun is the Planet Of The Dogs. This is the story of the first time dogs came to planet earth to teach people about love and to save the farmers of Green Valley from the invasion of the Stone City warriors.

Planet of the Dogs is a delightful fantasy for  those in the mid to upper elementary grades as well as their parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents!

The story begins in a time long ago before there were dogs on Planet Earth.

For a while things were beautiful, people prospered and life was good.

Then, as is often the case, where there is good, to have balance in life there must be some bad. Planet Earth was threatened by evil forces.  These forces made some people forget how to love.

When Miss Merrie (Queen of the dogs on Planet Dog) heard of the problems on Earth she knew that something had to be done to help them.  The first dog arrived and the course of the world changed.

“The most special thing about dogs is their ability to love.   They do this better than any other creature.”

People learned about loving without judging, devotion, the rewards of hard work, protection, peace and much more.

Planet of the Dogs is a quick read for adults.  The  resplendent imagery,  is sure to captivate,  delighting the imaginations of the young readers by transporting them to a  fantasy place where dogs are the heroes and heroines.

If only we all always lived the lessons of the most devoted animals on the planet, DOGS. Then it would truly be “Heaven on Earth.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert McCarty is a producer/writer/director of films and videos on subjects ranging from teenage lifestyles to race relations. His short film,Rooftops Of New York, was nominated for an Academy Award. He is a former adjunct instructor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and at the School Of Visual Arts, New York City.Planet Of The Dogs was inspired by the many stories made up for his four children and five grandchildren.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Stella Mustanoja McCarty, who teaches painting and drawing at the Vantaa, Finland, Art School, illustrated the book. She graduated as a painting major  from the Art Academy in Helsinki and also holds degrees from the University of Helsinki in Education and Sociology and Social Policy.

ISBN 978-0-9786928-0-3



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  1. Hi Dakota! Sounds like a pawsome book – a fun way for kids to look at all the wonderful things doggies bring to humans lives. Even I think this would be a fun read and being a cat, that’s saying a lot! 😀

    Kitty Hugs, Sam

  2. Oh, everyone can learn a bit about love from dogs ~ young and old. Sounds like a great story!

  3. Sounds like a fun book. 🙂

  4. Wish it would be reality, dogs teach people about love – that would be great! Are they chasing the stone city warriors away at the end?

    • Easy dogs DO teach people about love! At least for most people! Definitely you do! You know me, I NEVER reveal an ending to a book, you will have to read it to find out 🙂

  5. This book sounds like a lot of fun! I can always count on you to know the latest, greatest books!


    • Awww thanks so much Bunny!!! It is a wonderful book! Love, “Mom”

  6. Hahaha! Sounds good Dakota! I will let Eve know.
    It’s me Pippa, your cat friend left me some very kind and happy comments on my blog!

    I think you’re a very handsome blue merle sheltie, and I can’t wait to read more of your (and Cody’s) posts!

    You are a very up-to-date doggie because you have Facebook!
    I don’t, because I am a dinosaur!

    Pippa 🙂 Wuf wuf

    • Hi Pippa! So glad to see you here! Actually that “cat friend” is my brother, cody 🙂 He is my BESTEST FURIEND in the whole world!! Thank you for YOUR kind words!! One secret though. I am actually a “Sable Mottled” Sheltie!! Not a lot of Blue Merle in me but my brothers and sisters were!! I am more Sable than Blue 🙂 Ohhh you aren’t a dinosaur! My Mom and I just wanted to be like Cody and have a page too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. That looks like a super fun book, I wish my niece were a little older.

  8. Great book review! I work at Barnes & Noble, and I’m always looking for good books to recomment to my customers. Adding this one to the list!

    • Hi Deena! Thanks so much! Have you checked out our tab on the side of the blog with other books that we have reviewed too? We have reviewed some great ones!! Love, “Mom”

  9. It sounds good when the book is for all ages and I’m sure my mom will love it too 🙂


  10. Aww what a fun sounding book! If I had a kiddie (who would just have to be in love with dogs as much as I am) I would definetly be reading this book to him/her. Great review

    • thanks so much kirby!! Love, “Mom”

  11. Sounds like a great book, Dakota! Thanks for the review 🙂

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

    • It is and thank you so much!!! Love, “Mom”

  12. Dogs have so much to teach us…I like that this is a children’s book with a positive message about dogs

  13. This sounds like a lovely book! What a great review.

    • It is Oz and thank you!! Love, “Mom”

  14. Oh Wow! Sci Fi and Dogs! 2 of my favorite kind of books! I will have to read this one!
    Nellie’s Mom

  15. Great review, it sounds like a great book.


    • Thank you Sheba and it is! Love, “Mom”

  16. Sounds like a fun book for my nephew – thanks!

    • I bet he will love it! You are welcome!! Love, “Mom”

  17. Great review, the book looks awesome 🙂
    Love Milo 🙂

    • Thanks so much Milo! The book is great! Love, “Mom”

  18. Sounds like a really good book!

  19. What a cool idea for a book!! Maybe my human cousin might like it?

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • It is Snoopy! If your human cousin is in the right age group I bet he would! Check it out! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  20. […] A few months ago I featured Volume 1 of the Planet of the Dogs series on Dakota’s blog. If you missed it you can read about it here […]

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