Otis and the Puppy Book Review

Otis is back and better than ever in Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long.  The farm animals love playing with Otis after the work day is done.  Their favorite game?  Hide-and-seek of course!

One night, the farmer introduces the farm family to a new addition:  a puppy.  They eagerly soak up the sweet kisses that the pup is more than happy to provide.  Excited and exhausted, the team heads for the barn to call it a night.

Suddenly, Otis is awakened by a terrible sound.  It’s the puppy!  He soon discovers that the cuddly canine is afraid of the dark and would much rather sleep inside the barn with him than in the wooden dog house.

The pair become fast friends.  Otis even teaches the pooch to play hide-and-seek.  During one such game, Otis has the honor of being “it.”  He manages to find everyone…except the puppy.  Will Otis and the farm animals be able to track down the hound?

I absolutely love this book!  The story is full of heart.  Young and old alike will be able to relate to the theme of losing something that you love.  I was reminded about the time that my blind and deaf Dachshund escaped our fence and wandered across the street to the local daycare.  My world felt like it was crashing down around me in the brief five minutes that she was gone.

Long’s illustrations are absolutely stunning.  Every page is truly a feast for the eyes.  From gorgeous rural pastures to nighttime scenes in the forest, I was captivated from start to finish.  He effortlessly brings the scenery and characters to life.

This is a wonderful story for readers ages 3-7 and for anyone who loves beautiful artwork.

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Otis and the Puppy Book Review

Otis is back and better than ever in Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long. The farm animals love playing with Otis after the work day is done. Their favorite game? Hide-and-seek of course!

One night, the farmer introduces the farm family to a new addition: a puppy. They eagerly soak up the sweet kisses that the pup is more than happy to provide. Excited and exhausted, the team heads for the barn to call it a night.

Suddenly, Otis is awakened by a terrible sound. It’s the puppy! He soon discovers that the cuddly canine is afraid of the dark and would much rather sleep inside the barn with him than in the wooden dog house.

The pair become fast friends. Otis even teaches the pooch to play hide-and-seek. During one such game, Otis has the honor of being “it.” He manages to find everyone…except the puppy. Will Otis and the farm animals be able to track down the hound?

I absolutely love this book! The story is full of heart. Young and old alike will be able to relate to the theme of losing something that you love. I was reminded about the time that my blind and deaf Dachshund escaped our fence and wandered across the street to the local daycare. My world felt like it was crashing down around me in the brief five minutes that she was gone.

Long’s illustrations are absolutely stunning. Every page is truly a feast for the eyes. From gorgeous rural pastures to nighttime scenes in the forest, I was captivated from start to finish. He effortlessly brings the scenery and characters to life.

This is a wonderful story for readers ages 3-7 and for anyone who loves beautiful artwork.

 

Otis

My Pet Wants a Pet Book Review

My Pet Wants a Pet by Elise Broach follows the crazy antics of one boy in his quest to get a pet for his pet.  The boy is thrilled when his mother finally allows him to adopt a dog.  The pair become inseparable.

They have such fun together that the puppy decides he too would like a pet.  The boy’s mother protests, but the pup soon returns with a furry orange kitten.  The unlikely friends quickly form a bond.  A bond so strong, that the kitten would like a pet of her own…

Will the perpetual presence of pets become too much to handle?

I adore this book!  Broach’s story is filled with humor and heart.  I love the idea of a pet wanting a pet of its own.  I am reminded of my Chiweenie, Penny.  When we rescued a two-week-old kitten from the middle of Main Street, she remained glued to its side.  Penny raised the kitten as if it were her own pup.  The bonds between animals are truly amazing.

While the animals in the book are adorably cute, my favorite character is the mother.  As the pets begin to multiple, she starts to lose her cool but is secretly a softy at heart.  I can see a lot of my husband in her.  He always tells me, “No more pets!”  Until I bring home another furry creature that he soon falls in love with.

Eric Barclay’s illustrations have a comic strip quality to them that is reminiscent of The Family Circus.  His characters are cute and endearing.  I especially love the detail that he put into the beret wearing worm and tiny little flea.  I also like his hilarious nod to Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker.

This is a wonderful read for animal lovers of all ages.

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Niblet & Ralph Book Review

Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora follows the escapades of two mischievous cats.  The clever Calicos have figured out that they live in the same apartment building.  While they spend most of their days talking to each other on the phone, they soon decide to meet face to face.
Ralph uses a clothesline to make his way into Niblet’s apartment.  Meanwhile, Niblet pounces on the perfect opportunity to race across the hall to see his friend.  Both cats decide to wait until the other returns.
When their owners, Gemma and Dilla, arrive home from school, they are shocked.  Ralph doesn’t want his hello hug.  Niblet wants nothing to do with his favorite toy.  Clearly, the cats are fakes!  So why don’t their parents believe that a catnapping has taken place?  Will Ralph and Niblet ever be able to go home?  
I greatly enjoyed reading this story.  The plot reminds me of a mixture of The Parent Trap meets The Prince and the Pauper.  OHora’s characters are hilarious.  I love how their personalities shine through in their love of music and cheesy triangles.  This brought images of my own cats to mind.  They are definitely different from one another.
The illustrations and funky and fun.  OHora uses acrylic paint on Stonehenge printmaking paper to really make the images pop.  His use of a bold color palette draws in the reader’s attention and is a true feast for the eyes.
I love the detail that OHora has put into the characters of Ralph and Niblet.  Their faces are mirrored opposites that can fool even the sharpest of readers.  This adds a very Where’s Waldo element to the story.
This is a fun read for children ages 3-5. 

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My Pet Wants a Pet Book Review

My Pet Wants a Pet by Elise Broach follows the crazy antics of one boy in his quest to get a pet for his pet. The boy is thrilled when his mother finally allows him to adopt a dog. The pair become inseparable.

They have such fun together that the puppy decides he too would like a pet. The boy’s mother protests, but the pup soon returns with a furry orange kitten. The unlikely friends quickly form a bond. A bond so strong, that the kitten would like a pet of her own…

Will the perpetual presence of pets become too much to handle?

I adore this book! Broach’s story is filled with humor and heart. I love the idea of a pet wanting a pet of its own. I am reminded of my Chiweenie, Penny. When we rescued a two-week-old kitten from the middle of Main Street, she remained glued to its side. Penny raised the kitten as if it were her own pup. The bonds between animals are truly amazing.

While the animals in the book are adorably cute, my favorite character is the mother. As the pets begin to multiple, she starts to lose her cool but is secretly a softy at heart. I can see a lot of my husband in her. He always tells me, “No more pets!” Until I bring home another furry creature that he soon falls in love with.

Eric Barclay’s illustrations have a comic strip quality to them that is reminiscent of The Family Circus. His characters are cute and endearing. I especially love the detail that he put into the beret wearing worm and tiny little flea. I also like his hilarious nod to Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker.

This is a wonderful read for animal lovers of all ages.

 

Pets

Nible & Ralph Book Review

Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora follows the escapades of two mischievous cats. The clever Calicos have figured out that they live in the same apartment building. While they spend most of their days talking to each other on the phone, they soon decide to meet face to face.

Ralph uses a clothesline to make his way into Niblet’s apartment. Meanwhile, Niblet pounces on the perfect opportunity to race across the hall to see his friend. Both cats decide to wait until the other returns.

When their owners, Gemma and Dilla, arrive home from school, they are shocked. Ralph doesn’t want his hello hug. Niblet wants nothing to do with his favorite toy. Clearly, the cats are fakes! So why don’t their parents believe that a catnapping has taken place? Will Ralph and Niblet ever be able to go home?

I greatly enjoyed reading this story. The plot reminds me of a mixture of The Parent Trap meets The Prince and the Pauper. OHora’s characters are hilarious. I love how their personalities shine through in their love of music and cheesy triangles. This brought images of my own cats to mind. They are definitely different from one another.

The illustrations and funky and fun. OHora uses acrylic paint on Stonehenge printmaking paper to really make the images pop. His use of a bold color palette draws in the reader’s attention and is a true feast for the eyes.

I love the detail that OHora has put into the characters of Ralph and Niblet. Their faces are mirrored opposites that can fool even the sharpest of readers. This adds a very Where’s Waldo element to the story.

This is a fun read for children ages 3-5.

 

Niblet

The Detective Dog Book Review

The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson follows one super sleuth canine on a mission to solve a most puzzling mystery.  Detective Dog Nell loves solving crimes.  But that’s just what she does Tuesday through Sunday.

On Mondays, she goes to school with her six-year-old boy, Peter.  The children read all sorts of wonderful stories to the popular pooch.  Nell’s favorite books are the ones about dogs.

One Monday, Nell’s sensitive sniffer detects a problem.  Racing inside, she and Peter discover that all of the books have been stolen.  Will the dynamic duo be able to find the clues and recover the stolen property?

I greatly enjoyed reading this book.  I love the idea of a mystery solving canine that uses its nose to snuff out crime.  Donaldson’s characters are smart and lovable.  Nell’s larger than life personality definitely tickles my funny bone.  I wasn’t expecting for the text to be in rhyme, but it adds a fun musicality to the mystery.

I also love that Donaldson includes children reading to Nell as part of the story.  As a certified therapy dog handler, this is a program that is close to my heart.  I hope that more schools will open their doors to therapy dog teams as the benefits of children reading to dogs is truly monumental.

Sara Ogilvie’s illustrations are amazing.  Her style appears to be ink with watercolor.  Each image pops off of the page and will certainly delight young and old readers alike.  I love how expressive she made Nell’s ears.  My favorite illustration is the vignette of a boy reading a book about knights to Nell.

This is a fun, furry mystery read for children ages 3-6.  I can’t wait to read about Nell’s next adventure!

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