Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Strongheart

Strongheart

The World's First Movie Star Dog

Written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Strongheart may have been a movie star, but he wasn't always famous. He started out as a police dog who could sniff out criminals and march like a soldier, but he didn't know how to have fun. Larry Trimble was a Hollywood director who wanted to put Strongheart in his movies—not just as a pet but as the lead actor. Larry taught him to play with toys and walk like a regular dog. In his films, Strongheart brought audiences to tears. He was a sensation! But when Strongheart's military training led to trouble, was his career over?
Set in the early days of silent movies, Emily Arnold McCully's extraordinary story about a real-life hero will capture the hearts of dog lovers and movie fans everywhere.

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Missouri Show-Me Readers Award

Reviews

Praise for Strongheart

“. . . animal-loving audiences will appreciate learning about an old-school canine star.” —BCCB

“Fans of dogs, movies, and dogs in movies will like this one.” —Booklist

“Caldecott medalist McCully sheds light on a forgotten pioneer.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Children will enjoy this sweet story, and dog lovers especially will find themselves revisiting this book time and again - and falling in love with the star, just as audiences did decades ago.” —School Library Journal

“* A winsome celebration of an extraordinary man and the immeasurable effects of kindness.” —Booklist, starred review on Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse

“* This book is sure to grab young readers.” —School Library Journal, starred review on Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse

“Young animal lovers will appreciate this as a readaloud as well as a readalone.” —BCCB on Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse

“A fine portrait of accomplishment by man and beast.” —The Horn Book on Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse

“As she did in Wonder Horse, McCully offers a concise, evocative account of a talented, real-life animal.” —Publishers Weekly on Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse

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About the author

Written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Emily Arnold McCully is a Caldecott medalist known for bringing history to life. She is the author/illustrator of the critically acclaimed Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World's Smartest Horse, as well as The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux, Manjiro: The Boy Who Risked His Life for Two Countries, and the Caldecott Medal–winner Mirette on the High Wire. She divides her time between New York City and Chatham, New York.

Emily Arnold McCully

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