Edward wants a dog, is beleaugered by a bully who lives next door, and is helped by a visit from a world traveling uncle, who brings him a dog. The problems are not huge, there is humor throughout the book, and the family is strong and supportive. Just looking at the cover makes me feel ten years old and happy. Oddly, my library does not have the companion title that I remember better, The Bully of Barkham Street.
The Explorer of Barkham Street (1985) was somehow depressing. It tells the story of the bully from the other two books, but he is reformed. He is also beset by problems, from his weight to his mother (gasp!) working, to his grandmother dying and his grandfather coming to live with his family. It was depressing and made me think of After School Specials. Has not circulated well at all, and may move to a happier home.