About the Book

Kerby, Mona. OWNEY, THE MAIL-POUCH POOCH. Illustrated by Lynne Barasch. New York: Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.

In 1888, a straggly dog wandered into the U.S. Post Office in Albany, New York. Owney liked the smell of the workers and the mail pouches. He started guarding the mail. Before long, he was traveling on mail trains all around the country. He even took a trip around the world.


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38 Responses

  1. I liked the story, and how it used dog to show me the world!

  2. Mona,

    Kudos on the fantastic new book! The illustrations are perfectly paired with your engaging text. When can we schedule a read aloud so I can hear it read properly with the Southern accent? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for cheering me on! You’re so wonderful!


    Owings Mills, MD

  3. Mona,
    I loved the book and can’t wait to read it to my students. What a wonderful way to introduce historical fiction! Of course, I’ll have to plan ahead so I can be sure it’s available! The book has been flying off the shelves ever since I book talked it the first week of school.
    Congratulations on your success!

  4. I’ll just take two seconds to correct Matthew’s note above: It’ll be a delightful Texas accent that brings Owney’s story to life. Owney’s story is wonderful and wonderfully told in both text and illustrations. My students wanted to know even more about Owney after I’d finished reading the book. Now, that’s the mark of a wonderful children’s book: They want to know more.

  5. I loved the book and the illustrations were great!

  6. The pictures were great!

  7. I liked how he traveled all over the word!I wish I could see him.

  8. I liked it because I like to learn aboat the world.

  9. I like how Owney was just a mut and becam fames.

  10. I liked the book the most because it was the best book ever. I wish I could see him.

  11. I liked the book because it has great facts and pictures.

  12. I LIKED THE BOOK becaus he got to go around the

  13. My favorite was when Owney travelled all over the world!!! I wish I could see him.

  14. I want to learn about the world like Owney.

  15. He would not let anyone get near the mail only if he smelled amailman.

  16. I liked learning about a true story of a dog

  17. What i liked about the book was , hearing about where he went.

  18. I liked that Owney liked the postman a lot and Owney went on so many trains!!!
    I cant belive that Owney went across the country!

  19. I think this book was great but i think it needs more detail. But i liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. My favorite part of your book was when Owney was taken in by the postal service and became a member. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. It was cool because he hopped trains like hobos do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I really liked the book you wrote. That it was interesting when Oweny went on his world trip. It was sad when he lost his eye sight, and his walking. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I liked the whole book. My favorite part was when Oweny went in the mail train. I also liked when he got all of the notes.:):)

  24. I like how Owney because he jump trains most of his life.Owney is the fastest dog I have ever heard of. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. I liked how Owney goes all over the world. I also think that the1800s are kind of cool. I really like the book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I liked when Owney would jump train. I also liked when he got a cigar. Oh and to add to Mathews’ a southern accent would make the story great.:):):)

  27. Wat I liked about the book was that Owny went every where. He got tags everywhere he went. He had a lot of tags.

  28. I liked how Owney helped the post office. I also liked how he traveled all over the world on trains. And how he ran into the train. It was sad when he got blind and was stiff:(. I loved the book:).

  29. I liked the pictures of Owney and how you told us about travleing the world@

  30. I like Owney he would hop on a train, I would hop on it to if it would stop. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. I liked when Owney was found the open door at the post office. I also liked when Owney got a cigar.:):)

  32. how many places did owney go to

  33. Hi Ryan!

    Thank you for posting your question. We’re not sure how many hundreds of towns Owney visited. But newspapers wrote stories about his visit to at least 26 cities.

    Imagine being such a famous dog that the newspapers report about your visit!

    Best, Mona Kerby

  34. Was it hard to write a book? Because I’ve always wanted to writ one.

  35. i liked the pictures of Owney and how you told us about travleing .

  36. Mona Thank you foy coming to our school and talking about owney!!

  37. Hi J.T, Chris J. and Annie,

    Thanks for posting. It is not hard to write a book. But remember, you can’t give up!

    Hope you all have a great summer!

    Mona Kerby

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