A Top Dog Story

Illustrated by Alex Latimer
Grampa is looking after Ben’s mischievous dog, Buster. Who will be top dog?
Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 9781561458844
  • Publication date: 09/01/2015
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-1/4" x 10-1/2"
  • Age Range: 4-8


Grampa is looking after Ben’s mischievous dog, Buster. Who will be top dog?

Looking after Ben’s dog, Buster, is no walk in the park. Buster is messy, he is naughty, he is EXHAUSTING! But Ben loves him more than anything. When Ben goes away, he tells Grampa exactly how to look after Buster. But has Ben remembered the most IMPORTANT thing?

Stay! is a quirky tale from Alex Latimer with strong visual storytelling and an entertaining message about the joys – and challenges – of taking care of a dog.


Alex Latimer


Alex Latimer lives in South Africa near the border of a national park. So when not writing or drawing, he spends his free time shooing baboons out of his lounge. He has written several picture books for children.


“The engaging illustrations are bold and energetic… a welcome addition to most picture book collections.” ―School Library Journal

“A funny take on loving an ‘exhausting’ dog, and the way that training can help make big strides with its behavior. Most of the time.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Kid-friendly and full of action and gentle suspense, this selection will be a favorite of dog lovers and reluctant readers alike” ―Kirkus Reviews


Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2016

Alabama Camellia Award (Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2016-2017

Children’s Book Award (Nominee) – Florida Reading Association, 2016-2017

More Details

AR Level: 2.5
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD680L
Themes: Dog Training, Letter-Writing
BISAC 1: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
BISAC 2: JUV002190 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Pets