Follow Up

Yesterday we had this very nice post from Sharon Rae, re Song For Chet, the song from Heart of Barkness:

“I played that song via YouTube, to my eighth-grade students and then told him about the books. And a couple of them wanted to know if they were in our Middle School library and started looking the books up. All hail Chet and Bernie for getting kids to read!”

Has anyone else introduced kids to C&B? What do you think is the right age level, below which it wouldn’t be appropriate?



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7 Responses to “Follow Up”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:47 am on February 26th, 2021


    Grizz used an excerpt from “Dog On It” in his college writing class, and got the same reaction from his class. Big “kids” like C&B too!

    Good BooBear day to all!

  2. B. Stover
    11:38 am on February 26th, 2021

    I don’t know the answer to Spence’s question. Pondering….

    Good day to all.

  3. Hobbit
    8:09 pm on February 26th, 2021

    All I know is that in Junior High I was reading books in the Adult fiction area. I don’t recall any content that would be worrisome for teens. They would also have a character that they could relate to–the son–even though he is not a main character. Dogs and dogs’ thoughts are always relatable. The books have a lot of humor plus a good mystery which any teen would enjoy.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on February 26th, 2021

    Language!…There is the occasional “F” word to consider….sniff!sniff!…And the Mexico Encounter…yark!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on February 26th, 2021

    Age!…I have to go with 21 man years…grunt!…One must be 21 or older to read Chet. In pug years that’s about 3ish…sniff!

  6. Hobbit
    4:07 am on February 27th, 2021

    Rio…I just overlooked language and sex as a young teen. Today they probably see more on tv and in movies. They certainly see more violence on tv. So many shows featuring violence, death and guns: FBI, Seals, Chicago PD, Blue Bloods, NCIS (multiple shows), Law and Order… and on and on.

  7. mlaiuppa
    6:14 pm on February 28th, 2021

    Retired school librarians here.

    It isn’t just the student interest and reading level to consider. They is also the age consideration. You also cannot overlook the parents. Students will often read beyond a topic their parents consider suitable. Age Appropriate is used often when books are challenged for removal. While students will overlook language and have heard it all, even in elementary, their parents still don’t want their 12 year old reading books with the F word in them. Parents are protective. Children are precocious.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to order Chet and Bernie for a high school library. For middle school, I would lean more toward Bowser and Birdie. I haven’t started the Queenie and Arthur series yet but I suspect it may be suitable for the upper elementary grades. The only reason I hesitate is that murder isn’t usually a subject for 4th and 5th graders. There are other books with threatening topics, Series of Unfortunate Events comes immediately to mind. And there is Harry Potter. (Which had been challenged numerous times. The books were burned in Texas when they came out.)

    I think high school students are more likely to “get” the jokes in Chet and Bernie as well. It takes a little life experience to truly enjoy them and follow the inferences. Plus I don’t think younger students will be familiar with all of the references, especially the titles.

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