Tiny and the Big Dig Book Review

Tiny and the Big Dig by Sherri Duskey Rinker follows one small pup on his quest for a bone. Tiny knows that a BIG bone is hiding beneath the dirt. All he has to do to claim his prize is dig.

While digging, Tiny attracts a crowd. A bluebird, cat, and fellow dog all agree that Tiny will never be able to uncover the bone. He is just too small to do something so big. Will Tiny be able to prove them wrong?

I love this book! The story is told in rhyme and flows beautifully throughout. My favorite lines involve Tiny’s mantras about how strong he is. Children and adults alike will be able to relate to Tiny in his quest to overcome the preconceived notions of others.

Being the owner of several differently-abled animals, I know exactly what Tiny is going through. Our dog, Hope, was born without eyes and is completely deaf. Everyone thinks that she needs extra help, however, she continues to do amazing things without any assistance from us. Dogs are very adaptive and determined. Nothing gets in their way!

Matt Myers’ illustrations are big, bold and fun. The watercolor and ink combination really pops off of the page. Tiny is adorable and will steal the hearts of everyone he meets. Myers makes fantastic use of white space to enhance his amazing artwork. The double page spread illustration is one of my favorites.

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

 

Tiny

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Can I Be Your Dog? Book Review

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings follows a stray dog, Arfy, on his search for a forever home. Arfy is tired of living in the soggy cardboard box in the dark alleyway. He dreams of a cozy house with a loving human.

Arfy begins sending letters to the residents of Butternut Street. He just knows that someone will want him as their pet. But when the rejection letters start piling up, Arfy begins to feel that he will always be a stray. Could his fears be true?

This is one of my new favorite children’s books! I love that the story is epistolary (told through letters). The reader really gets inside Arfy’s mind and knows his true emotions. The letters are also hilarious!

Being the owner of five rescued dogs and three cats, this story definitely tugged on my heartstrings. I’m not going to lie, I was in tears by the end of the book. This story will absolutely resonate with animal rescuers and lovers alike.

This story goes way beyond the typical “adopt a pet” theme. Children get a glimpse at how stray dogs live. Through the rejection letters, they will also learn how many stray/street dogs are treated. This book is a wonderful teaching tool in lessons about kindness towards animals and humans alike.

Cummings’ illustrations are big, bold, and adorable. Arfy stole my heart! Arfy’s facial expressions made me laugh and cry. I also love how each rejection letter is distinctly unique and remains true to the mystery characters behind them.

I love Arfy’s letter to the reader on the last page! Included are tips on how to help homeless animals. With nods to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and The Humane Society, this book truly has it all.

This is a fantastic read for animal lovers of all ages. I could definitely see this book used in humane education curriculum in shelters and rescue organizations across the country.

 

Arfy

I Got a New Friend Book Review

I Got a New Friend by Karl Newsom Edwards tells the tale of a little girl who has just been given a puppy. At first, the puppy is shy and scared. The pint-sized pooch is afraid of her new surroundings.

The little girl is not about to give up on her new friend. Being patient, she allows the dog time to get to know her. Will the girl’s persistence pay off? Can the pouting pup learn to trust humans?

This is a fantastic book for children who have just adopted a pet. The story presents helpful tips on how a child can help care for the new addition. I love that even though the little girl is telling the story, she appears to be speaking from the dog’s point of view. She knows exactly what the pup needs in order to feel safe and loved.

Edwards’ illustrations are adorable. Children will fall in love with the puppy from page one. I really like Edwards’ use of white space, especially for background imaging. The main characters truly shine and take center stage. The use of a limited color palate is refreshing and keeps the story flowing at a great pace.

I would highly recommend this book to parents of young children who are considering adopting a pet. I would love to see this book incorporated in animal shelter and rescue groups across the country. The story would tie-in wonderfully with any humane education program.

 

Friend

Princess Allee Book Review

Princess Allee is the first installment in the Furever Home Friends series by Savy Leiser.  Allee dreams of being a princess.  She wants to live in a big castle and wear a sparkly crown.  There’s only one problem.  Allee lives in an animal shelter.

One day, a woman named Stacy comes to visit Allee.  They both knew it was a perfect match at first sight.  Allee can’t wait to go live in her castle!

The precocious pup soon discovers that Stacy’s house is not a castle at all.  It’s just a normal house with two other dogs, Sammy and Buddy.  This is definitely NOT what Allee had pictured.  Will she ever be happy with her new home?

I love this story!  I couldn’t stop laughing from start to finish.  Allee has so much class and sass.  Her character reminds me of Naughty Mabel.  I could totally see them going out for tea together.

Leiser does a beautiful job of depicting shelter life from the dog’s perspective.  Children will fall in love with Allee and will be able to relate to her dreams of a princess lifestyle.

Brenda Clemente’s illustrations are gorgeous.  Allee’s character is simply breathtaking.  I found Sammy’s character to be beyond adorable.  He reminds me of my grandma’s chocolate Chihuahua, Tiggy.  Children will be drawn to the colorful cast of canine characters.

This is a wonderful book for dogs lovers of all ages. 

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Smile, Chewie! Book Review

Smile, Chewie! is the second installment in the Furever Home Friends series written by Savy Leiser.  Chewie is having a difficult time adjusting to life in the shelter.  He had gotten used to living as a stray.  Except when he was injured after begging for food from the wrong human.

Now Chewie bares the scars from that horrible night.  He shies away from potential adopters.  Chewie knows that no one will want to adopt a pit bull.  Will he ever be able to find a forever home?

I really enjoyed this book.  Being the owner of five rescue dogs and three cats, this story really tugs at my heartstrings.  I love how Leiser tackles the controversial issue of pit bulls and the stigma that surrounds them.  I think that children will have a better understanding of the breed after reading Chewie’s story.

Christy Schneyman’s illustrations are adorable and heartwarming.  The images have a hand-drawn feel and her use of light and pastel colors is truly stunning.

This is a wonderful story for dog lovers of all ages and would make a great gift for those working in animal rescue.

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Treat Book Review

Mary Sullivan is back with more fun stories about dogs in her second book: Treat. The reader is introduced to an adorable Frenchie who longs for a treat. First, he tries scamming cereal from his youngest caretaker. Then he begs for hot dogs from the older sister. Grandma and Grandpa prove to be no help in the treat giving department either.

Even the baby is unwilling to help the poor pooch out. Will this friendly Frenchie ever get the treat that he longs for?

I am a huge fan of Mary Sullivan’s work! I absolutely adored this book. To me, it read more like a comic book or graphic novel. I think this will definitely hold a young reader’s attention.

Her cast of canine characters remind me of my own pack of rescued dogs. The facial expressions she uses are simply hilarious. From the perk of the ears to the wag of the tail, I was laughing at Frenchie through out the story.

This is a wonderful book for readers of all ages. Children will delight in the bright and fun illustrations and will root for the pudgy pooch on his quest for the illusive treat.

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Princess Allee Book Review

Princess Allee is the first installment in the Furever Home Friends series by Savy Leiser. Allee dreams of being a princess. She wants to live in a big castle and wear a sparkly crown. There’s only one problem. Allee lives in an animal shelter.

One day, a woman named Stacy comes to visit Allee. They both knew it was a perfect match at first sight. Allee can’t wait to go live in her castle!

The precocious pup soon discovers that Stacy’s house is not a castle at all. It’s just a normal house with two other dogs, Sammy and Buddy. This is definitely NOT what Allee had pictured. Will she ever be happy with her new home?

I love this story! I couldn’t stop laughing from start to finish. Allee has so much class and sass. Her character reminds me of Naughty Mabel. I could totally see them going out for tea together.

Leiser does a beautiful job of depicting shelter life from the dog’s perspective. Children will fall in love with Allee and will be able to relate to her dreams of a princess lifestyle.

Brenda Clemente’s illustrations are gorgeous. Allee’s character is simply breathtaking. I found Sammy’s character to be beyond adorable. He reminds me of my grandma’s chocolate Chihuahua, Tiggy. Children will be drawn to the colorful cast of canine characters.

This is a wonderful book for dogs lovers of all ages.

 

Princess Allee