New York Time's Best Seller

Optioned by Warner Brothers for a Major Motion Picture

Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his own. He was the leader of a pack of dogs, living off the land and barely surviving. Then one day he met Major Brian Dennis. They forged a powerful bond of friendship and love. So began an incredible journey that would take Nubs on a dangerous desert trek to find his friend and would lead Dennis on a mission that would touch the hearts of people all over the world.

by Major Dennis Brian, Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery

Published by Little, Brown and Company


Praise for Nubs

"I more than love it! It's a great, great book for kids and adults as well!"

~Meredith Viera

"This book is fantastic. I defy you to read this book and not be moved by it."

~Conan O'Brien

"This is a wonderful story of the mutual devotion and the warm bond found between people and their pets."

~New York Times Book Review

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle

Literary Awards

Christopher Medal

​National Parenting Publication Gold Award

Kentucky Bluegrass Award 

Maine Children's Choice Award 

Colorado Children's Book Award 

Washington Children's Choice 

Michigan Great Lakes Great Books


Maine Student Book Award 

Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award 

Delaware Diamonds Book Award

Missouri Show Me Award

Iowa Goldfinch Award

Beverly Clearly Children's Choice Award

Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award

​Nebraska Golden Sower Primary Award

California Young Read Medal

Illinois Bluestem Award

2010 Capital Choices Selection

"A flawless, unforgettable picture book! I suggest you deprive no on e in your life, no child or adult, of the pleasure of this book ... It is a pitch-perfect victory of story-telling."

~Kepler's Books

"... a hugely inspirational account of "Nubs" (so named because his ears had been cut off by an unknown perpetrator) and his devotion to the American soldier who befriended him ... The gritty, low-res shots of the two companions against the bleak Iraqi horizon are married with text sog racefully that many of the compositions could be book jackets."

~Starred Review, Booklist

Librarians' List/Reviews

Starred Review in Booklist

As Seen On/In

The Today Show

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

Inside Edition

People Magazine

Reader's Digest

​Family Magazine

AKC Family Dog

​"Incredible! ...Nubs is a very lucky dog!"

~Ellen DeGeneres