The Story of Diva and Flea Book Review

Two unlikely friends embark on a life altering journey in The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi.  Diva is a small dog who lives in an apartment complex at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France.  She takes her job of guarding the courtyard very seriously.

Flea is a streetwise cat who loves exploring the city of lights.  One day, his travels take him past 11 avenue Le Play…and Diva.  He finds the petite pooch to be quite interesting.  Flea cannot understand why Diva runs away every time that someone enters the courtyard.  A miscommunication soon turns into a budding friendship.

Diva loves listening to Flea’s stories about the wondrous sights of Paris.  She admires his bravery and courage and decides to become an explorer too.  Does this curious canine have what it takes to make it on the streets of Paris?  Can Flea conquer his fear of brooms and the humans that come with them?  Most importantly, will Diva and Flea’s friendship survive despite their vastly different backgrounds?

I absolutely love this book!  The story reminds me of a mixture of Disney’s Oliver and Company with a dash of Madeline.  While I have not been to Paris, I can definitely relate to the bond that Diva and Flea share.  My husband and I rescued a two week old kitten from the middle of main street in our town and our three-legged dog, Penny, immediately bonded with the kitten and began raising her. 

This story has so many fantastic themes woven intricately within the chapters.  I also love how the story is told from both Diva and Flea’s perspective.  It is truly magical to see how their individual lives come together to create a relationship that each hadn’t thought possible.

Tony DiTerlizzi’s illustrations are enchanting.  Readers of all ages will fall in love with the adorable Diva and Flea.  I am also blown away by the detail that DiTerlizzi puts into each image.  His buildings are simply incredible!  I almost felt as if I was in Paris, smelling the scent of coffee and freshly baked bread.

I would highly recommend this book to readers ages 8 to 108!  This classic story of friendship, courage and discovery will surely be treasured for years to come.  I think it would also make for a fantastic movie or television series.

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Norbert and Lil Bub What Can Little We Do? Book Review

Two
of the world’s most beloved animal celebrities team up in this
heartwarming adventure entitled Norbert and Lil Bub What Can Little We
Do? by Julie Freyermuth, Mike Bridavsky and Virginia Freyermuth. Norbert
is a three pound certified therapy dog on a mission to make the world a
better place by bringing smiles to all he meets. While enjoying a day
at the park, a flying saucer touches down right next to Norbert!

A
strange creature by the name of Lil Bub emerges. This peculiar kitty
has come from outer space with a mission all her own. She wishes to help
animals with special needs. Lil Bub has been sent to Earth to find a
man simply known as “that dude.”

Together, Norbert and Lil Bub
embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Will they be able to see past
their differences and accomplish their goals?

I found this book
to be a fun fantasy read. I do wish that the book would have gone into
more depth about Norbert and Lil Bub’s charity work and volunteerism.
The illustrations are a combination of oil paint and combined mediums to
create truly unique images that readers of all ages will love.

I
have had the extreme honor of meeting Lil Bub in person twice. She is
the calmest cat I have ever seen! Mike Bridavsky is a true animal lover
who definitely has a big heart. I hope that Lil Bub will continue to
share her adventures with the world. 

 Norbert and Lil Bub’s First Book!




Lil Bub really is a magical kitty!

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How Dachshunds Came to Be: A Tall Tale About a Short Long Dog Book Review

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How Dachshunds Came to Be: 
A Tall Tale about a Short Long Dog by Kizzie Elizabeth Jones is a
mythical story about how Dachshunds were created.  The reader is introduced to a little girl who
loves to play with her sea creature friends. 
One day, the girl becomes sad because her friends are preparing to
migrate to warmer waters for the winter.  
The girl’s sea creature friends decide that since they cannot
stay with her, they will create an animal that can.  Each friend contributes a personal characteristic
to the creature.  What magical beast do
they create?  Dachshunds!
Will the little girl like the Dachshunds?  More importantly, will the Dachshunds like
her?
I thought this book was a fun read.  I do wish that the story would have been a bit
longer.  I feel that it ended quite
abruptly after the girl is gifted the Dachshunds.  I would have liked to see more interaction
between the girl and her newfound friends.
Additionally, I would have liked to have a little more
background information about the little girl. 
Is she living alone on the beach? 
What happened to her family?  If
she has a family, what do they think of the Dachshunds?
Scott Ward’s illustrations are simply delightful!  I love his use of vibrant colors.  Ward’s depiction of Dachshunds is spot on and
I love the characters that he has created. 
My favorite illustration is the blueprint of the sea creatures.  The detail of the illustration blew me away.
Overall, this book will delight animal lovers of all ages.

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10 Little Hot Dogs Book Review

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10 Little Hot Dogs by John Himmelman is an adorable book
featuring a pack of mischievous Dachshunds. 
The story begins with one lonely Dachshund in search of a playmate.  One by one, more playful pups fill the comfy
armchair.  Will the rambunctious bunch be
able to get along and share the chair?
I absolutely love the illustrations!  Each Dachshund has a personality all its own.  I can totally relate to the Dachshunds’ silly
antics.  I own a mini double dapple
Dachshund that was born without eyes and is completely deaf.  She acts just the doxies in the book!
This is a wonderful story for the emergent reader that
teaches counting in an easily accessible manner.  Children will fall in love with the Dachshund
characters and will enjoy counting them throughout the book.  

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How Dachshunds Came to Be: A Tall Tale About a Short Long Dog Book Review

How Dachshunds Came to Be:  A Tall Tale about a Short Long Dog by Kizzie Elizabeth Jones is a mythical story about how Dachshunds were created.  The reader is introduced to a little girl who loves to play with her sea creature friends.  One day, the girl becomes sad because her friends are preparing to migrate to warmer waters for the winter.

The girl’s sea creature friends decide that since they cannot stay with her, they will create an animal that can.  Each friend contributes a personal characteristic to the creature.  What magical beast do they create?  Dachshunds!

Will the little girl like the Dachshunds?  More importantly, will the Dachshunds like her?

I thought this book was a fun read.  I do wish that the story would have been a bit longer.  I feel that it ended quite abruptly after the girl is gifted the Dachshunds.  I would have liked to see more interaction between the girl and her newfound friends.

Additionally, I would have liked to have a little more background information about the little girl.  Is she living alone on the beach?  What happened to her family?  If she has a family, what do they think of the Dachshunds?

Scott Ward’s illustrations are simply delightful!  I love his use of vibrant colors.  Ward’s depiction of Dachshunds is spot on and I love the characters that he has created.  My favorite illustration is the blueprint of the sea creatures.  The detail of the illustration blew me away.

Overall, this book will delight animal lovers of all ages.

 

How Dachshunds Came to Be