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Book Review: Nubs, The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle

Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war who had no name and no person to call his own, sets out on an incredible journey to rejoin his only friend, Major Brian Dennis, and shows the world that love has the power to cross deserts, continents and even species.

“Incredible! . . . Nubs is a very lucky dog.”–Ellen DeGeneres

As seen on:
The Today Show
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brian
Inside Edition

And in:
People Magazine
Reader’s Digest
Family Magazine
AKC Family Dog

“This is an incredible book. I defy you to read this book and not be moved by it.” — Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show

“A Flawless, Unforgettable Picture Book! I suggest you deprive no one in your life, no child or adult, of the pleasure of this book . . . It is a pitch-perfect victory of story-telling.” — Kepler’s Books

” . . . a hugely inspirational account of “Nubs” (so named because his ears had been cut off by an unknown perpetrator) and his devotion to the American soldier who befriended him . . . The gritty, low-res shots of the two companions against the bleak Iraqi horizon are married with text so gracefully that many of the compositions could be book jackets.” –Starred Review, Booklist

Nubs, The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle
By Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
November 2009
Price: $17.99/$21.99 CAN
48 pp.
All Ages


Mary Nethery has a passion for animals, adventure, fashion, laughter, kindness, and spunky characters, all of which weave their way into her books. Mary’s writing style has been described as easy-going, punctuated with dry humor and snappy repartee. She is the author of many picture books, including Hannah and Jack and Mary Veronica’s Egg, which Publisher’s Weekly characterized as “an ingenious tale…winningly told.”

Her newest titles include two books co-authored with her sweet friend, Kirby Larson- Two Bobbies: A Tale of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival, illustrated by Jean Cassels, and winner of the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award, the SIBA Award, and profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered; and Nubs, the True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle. Mary’s newest picture book, The Famous Nini: The Mostly True Story Of How A Plain White Cat Became A Star, illustrated by John Manders, will be released from Clarion in spring 2010.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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