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The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog | [Dave Barry]

The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog

The year is 1960, and, as it is every year, the Christmas pageant at St. John's Episcopal Church is a very big deal. Doug is a shepherd this year, which is better than being a "Three King", because, for one thing, you get to carry a stick.
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Publisher's Summary

"My name is Doug Barnes, and this stuff happened on Christmas Eve in my town, which is Asquont, New York."

The year is 1960, and, as it is every year, the Christmas pageant at St. John's Episcopal Church, directed by Mrs. Elkins - who used to be in "The Theater" in New York, and who is tall and skinny, with hair the color of the orange part of a candy corn - is a very big deal. Doug is a shepherd this year, which is better than being a "Three King", because, for one thing, you get to carry a stick.

But there are problems everywhere. Doug's fellow shepherds are hacking around, which makes Mrs. Elkins yell at all of them; the girl he likes is playing Mary opposite a Joseph who is depressingly smart and athletic and cute; the family dog is doing very poorly, and they have no idea what they're going to tell Doug's little sister, Becky, who's playing one of the Host of Angels and who loves the dog more than anything; and his dad's just gotten a flat tire, which means they might not even get to the pageant at all.

But Christmas is a time of miracles. And for Doug and his family, this will be the most miraculous Christmas of all.

Dave Barry has been delighting readers for decades with his newspaper columns, nonfiction, novels for adults, and novels for children, but this book is something special: a story for all ages that will touch the heart and make you laugh out loud. And you may never look at a manger scene the same way again.

Need a laugh? Listen to more from Dave Barry.

©2006 Dave Barry; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Barry is a crowd pleaser and doesn't disappoint with this tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Marie Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA 12-24-06
    Marie Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA 12-24-06
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    "Funny But Dated"

    I bought this to listen to with my 5 year old daughter. I thought it was funny but she just didn't get the jokes.

    Audible recommends this for children ages 7 and under but I think the humor is more appropriate for children ages 8 to 12.

    This book is funny and well read, good for adults and older children.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 01-04-14
    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2010

    Looking for something that works!

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    "Funny, heart-warming story for baby-boomers!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I began listening to this story while I was swimming laps. It made me laugh out loud in the pool! Yes, this is an Audio Kids book BUT I really think anyone born in the 50s or 60s would just love it! I know that my kids (born in the 80s and 90s) would love it too! It is read by Dave Barry and sounds like a reminisce. With the sorts of incidents that happen to all kids nearing adolescence, it's genuinely funny. It is also thoroughly heart-warming and quite appropriate for the Christmas season. I might even listen to it every Christmas from now on! If you are a dog-lover or if you have ever been in a Christmas pageant, you will also enjoy this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Frank. You will have to listen to the story to discover who he is.


    Which character – as performed by Dave Barry – was your favorite?

    The narrator, who is the main character, was excellently performed by Dave Barry.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot and I nearly cried. But I MADE myself NOT cry. (This story was touching in both sad ways and happy ways.) Then, the ending was so nice that I didn't feel I had to cry anymore!


    Any additional comments?

    This should be listed for adults as well as kids! I am glad that I like Dave Barry and that it was Christmastime, so I took a chance on the story. Otherwise, I would have missed out on what will likely become a Christmas tradition for me in future holiday seasons!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Lee Gainesville, Florida United States 01-04-14
    Jane Lee Gainesville, Florida United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "great lite read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog to be better than the print version?

    Dave Barry deffinitly adds to the story, but I didn't read the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the parents didn't freak out with everything. And, that it ended on a good note. My favorite part was the boys giggling while waiting behind the stage, so typical.


    What does Dave Barry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dave Barry infused the emotion of a boy about this boy's age.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a great lite read for book clubs in December, also a good one for the family to listen to on a trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    julie Corvallis, OR, United States 12-11-07
    julie Corvallis, OR, United States 12-11-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun Family Listen"

    Our family listened to this book on the way to Portland, about a 1.5 hour trip. We loved it and hit repeat. Just as warning, there is a bit about boys announcing the girls on the bra list...but our 6 year old understood the teasing "boy" nature of this.

    Great characters, we all have a "Mike".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny Knoxville, TN, United States 01-12-13
    Bonny Knoxville, TN, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Not at all what I expected."
    Any additional comments?

    All the reviews talked about how touching and funny this story was. Well I admit I didn't make it but about half way. The story was adolescent but not funny and all the touching stuff must be at the end.

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    Brent Goodyear, AZ, United States 12-14-11
    Brent Goodyear, AZ, United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Different Christmas Story - Very funny & touching"

    Very funny and touching story about Christmas and dogs and family
    Reminds me alot of "The Christmas Story"

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    Sharon MAKANDA, IL, United States 10-15-11
    Sharon MAKANDA, IL, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2008

    The Hobbits

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    "My favorite Christmas story-- EVER!"

    I have listened to this at Christmas time for three years in a row and can't wait to listen to it again. You will laugh. You will cry. You will love it. Read by the author who is fantastic!

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    gabrielle cambridge, MA, United States 12-27-08
    gabrielle cambridge, MA, United States 12-27-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Santa spoiler alert!"

    We stopped listening a little way in with our 6 year old as we heard a part that intimated that the parents of the child in the story were fixing up a bike in the basement that was supposed to be from Santa Claus....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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