Buster the Very Shy Dog

by Lisze Bechtold

Buster is not a small dog, but he feels like a small dog. He feels small at crowded birthday parties. He feels small when he tries to catch balls or chase wild animals. He especially feels small next to Phoebe, a bold dog who is an ace ballcatcher, popular at parties, and seemingly unafraid of anything. In these two stories Buster discovers his self-worth and self-confidence and makes friends along the way. Beginning readers will relate to Buster's fears and his successes and will relish in their very own triumph of reading on their own.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544336063
  • ISBN-10: 0544336062
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 06/16/2015
  • Carton Quantity: 50

About the book

"These stories about a puppy searching for his strengths will bring smiles of recognition to the beginning-reader set." —School Library Journal


Join Buster the very shy dog as he discovers his self-worth and self-confidence in a house full of more outgoing canine and feline characters. Formatted for Green Light Readers Level 3, this edition of Buster features two easy-to-read stories from the original book. In the first, a wary Buster reaches out to befriend a girl who seems sad and lonely at a birthday party. In the second, Buster, insecure about his inability to catch a ball, uncovers a winning talent all his own!

About the author
Lisze Bechtold

Lisze Bechtold lives in Pasadena, California.She is an award-winning independent filmmaker and former animator for various studios, including Walt Disney. The idea for this story came from many memories living with the real Buster and Phoebe. For a game starring Buster, visit www.bustertheveryshydog.com for a game starring Buster.


Dog and cat lovers and shy kids everywhere will happily (and successfully) read and reread these stories. --Kirkus 



"The dogs featured have very childlike characteristics, and  youngsters will find much to identify with."

                                                             --Publisher's Weekly


"These stories about a puppy searching for his strengths will bring smiles of recognition to

 the beginning- reader set .  . . Bechtold's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are droll and plentiful. Children not quite ready for Cynthia Rylant's Henry and Mudge series appreciate the natural repetition of vocabulary and the brevity of text per page."

                                                  --School Library Journal


"An agreeable, relatable story and above-average cartoon-style artwork that features the particularly appealing Buster. A good choice for kids just past the easiest reader stage. 

                                                     ---Booklist, ALA

"The digest-sized format of the book is pitched toward both picture-book and beginning-reader audiences, and the lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations have a well-drawn goofiness that barks up just the right tree."

                                                            --Horn Book 


"Bechtold makes a sturdy debut with these. . .episodes in the life of a big dog with scrawny self-esteem. Although he is intimidated by strangers and totally unable to catch thrown objects, Buster discovers that he's a good listener, a talent that comes in handy when there's an escaped hamster to track down, a gang of nocturnal garbage-pail plunderers to catch in the act, or a lonely human to comfort. Slinking anxiously through airy, simply drawn scenes, the pop-eyed, charcoal-colored pooch looks ready to bolt at the drop of a hat, and while he finds a measure of courage at last in the company of his outgoing canine companion, Phoebe, readers will want to give him a reassuring hug. Scoot over, Mudge." 

                                                                         --Kirkus Reviews