Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Book Review: Sirius, the Dog Star by Angeli Perrow

Sirius, The Dog Star
Sirius, The Dog Star
Author: Angeli Perrow
Illustrator: Emily Harris
Publisher: Down East Books (2002)
Hardcover, 32 pages, $15.95
ISBN-10: 0892725451
ISBN-13: 978-0892725458

During the winter of 1897, young Nathan and his loyal Newfoundland dog, Sirius, are aboard the Goldhunter. The book begins with the young ship crewman pointing out the constellation that the dog was named for -- Sirius, the Dog Star.

When the Goldhunter strikes a ledge during a storm, the sailors abandon ship. After rowing for more than six hours, the men in the lifeboat are exhausted. As they approach Maine's Boon Island Light, Nathan asks Sirius to help. The strong Newfie takes the bow line and swims to the waiting lighthouse keeper, delivering his friend Nathan and his shipmates to safety.

This is another beautifully illustrated book by Angeli Perrow and Emily Harris. The storm scenes in particular are quite eye-catching. Sirius, the Dog Star will delight both dog lovers and lighthouse enthusiasts.



  1. This looks like a lovely book. We're heading out to the Maritimes for our summer vacation - lighthouses galore. I should keep my eye out for this one for my son.

  2. Yummy! Sounds like a good book.

  3. This looks like a book my son would have loved.

  4. Belle, that sounds like an absolutely lovely vacation. I hope you and your family have fun!

    Tea, thanks! It is an excellent book, highly recommended.

    Kathy, I'm sure he would have. When I was reading it, I was wishing that it had been written about 20 years earlier so I could have enjoyed it as a child.