Favorite

Country flavor found in ‘Running the Dogs’ 

06books_2nd-art.gif

A new work of youth fiction, “Running the Dogs” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16 hardcover), by Thomas Cochran, comes dripping with family holiday warmth and a regional spice as true as sawmill gravy straight out of south Arkansas and north Louisiana.

In this 160-page adventure, set over the Christmas season, a young boy's simple holiday wish — to be allowed on his own to run his trio of Beagles at night in the deep piney woods — at times seems in peril.

Thomas Cochran, an English teacher at Fayetteville High School, and a native of Haynesville, La., has the experience pegged correctly. Cochran masterfully fills in readers with regionally turned phrases, evoking the sounds, smells and rural experience of living down gravel roads, listening to the sweet music of barking dogs and adapting the sage advice of grandparents without question. Cochran also connects to every Southern boy with through the magic of beloved childhood memories of canine companions. The simplicity of the dogs' chosen names, “Wink,” “Rags,” “Shorty,” “Boone” and the trio amply featured in the book of “LC,” “Claudia” and “Pete,” will bring memories of your own hound dogs now decades long gone flooding back.

Cochran holds a simple mastery of the regionalisms ranging from the Gulf Coast to the pine forests of Arkansas. “Running the Dogs” is a great selection for a young lad for the holidays. Or for a father or grandfather wishing for a good story of simpler times.

Favorite

Tags:

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Fritz Brantley

  • He talks, and talks, the talk

    A fellow posted an old newspaper article on his blog about a Mike Huckabee speech to a religious group in 1998. A friend faxed the article to me, then called to ask if I’d yet read it, which I had.
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • The incredible shrinking Huckabee

    Plus: COPS!
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • Going whole hog

    A Q&A with irreverent Arkansas-raised comedian Matt Besser
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • More »

More by Maylon T. Rice

  • The Gazette remembered

    Veteran newspaperman Roy Reed knows, thank goodness, how to dig for those oft concealed, quickly uttered gems that come in long, mostly boring interviews.
    • Apr 2, 2009
  • How Arkansas nearly lost a 'living press'

    The 10th anniversary of the near closure of the University of Arkansas Press passed with only casual notice this spring. And that, in itself, is a shame.
    • Jun 4, 2008
  • A young readers’ ride-along in Arkansas

    "18 Wheels Rolling to Arkansas” is one of the cutest Arkansas-themed books to come along in a while. Geared towards young readers, the 24-page soft cover book by Lavaca elementary school teacher Dasha Headley is a labor of love dedicated to her late fathe
    • Feb 6, 2008
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Constituents go Cotton pickin' at Springdale town hall

    Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there.
  • Stand up for Little Rock

    If Little Rock deteriorates because of substandard schools, there will be blame aplenty to share. But some elected leaders deserve special mention.
  • Hating the media

    Presidents, with the exception of George Washington, never found much joy with the media, although Donald Trump is the first to use the scarily freighted words "enemies of the people."
  • What's new and coming soon to Argenta

    A riverfront hotel, new residential development, food, drink and more.
  • Downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock are back in business

    Main Street and beyond bustles.

Latest in Books

Visit Arkansas

Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries

Event Calendar

« »

February

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28  
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation