Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary illustrated by Louis Darling, Morrow Junior Books, New York, 1950.
This book is where the writing career of Beverly Cleary started. As a library the kids asked, why are there not books about people like us. This sparked a collection of books about normal people. We are introduced to all the characters of the neighborhood, but the story focusing mostly on Henry and his dog. Cleary has a skill of creating interesting characters of her children. Henry’s life was sort of average; until he found a dog. He names the dog Ribsy because he was too thin and his ribs were showing. There are many adventures, including how to get a dog home when you can’t take it on the bus, how Ribsy wins a special prize at the dog show, and who is the rightful owner to the dog. I don’t remember reading this book, but I remember a story about a dog and ownership being determined by whether he goes to one boy or the other. So it is likely I ready or had read to me this story at some point, but I don’t remember it at all so it was new to me.