Review: Don’t Dump the Dog by Randy Grimm

Don’t Dump the Dog offers practical advice for solving behavior problems of dogs, along with lots of laughs and a few tears. Randy Grimm is well-qualified to write this collection of stories and solutions, given that he’s devoted two decades of his life to rescuing street dogs and operates the well-known Stray Rescue in Missouri. As with the biography written about him by Melinda Roth, Don’t Dump the Dog will also make you at least a little mad. This opening chapter sets the stage for how the rest of the book is laid out, being hilarious in setup and style, practical … Continue reading Review: Don’t Dump the Dog by Randy Grimm

Review: A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbi Pryon

When my signed hardcover copy of A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron first arrived, I felt as if it were Christmas. In being about eleven-year-old Abby and her champion sheltie Tam after they’re separated by a car accident, it’s like a modern-day Lassie Come Home. However, A Dog’s Way Home also distinguishes itself from other classic lost dog stories by being told through alternating viewpoints. In this riveting tale of over 300 pages, Pyron treats readers to an intense love story with complex relationships and probing themes. What is so special about lost dog stories? At their heart is the bond of love … Continue reading Review: A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbi Pryon

Review: Three Pet Books for Young People

Although I don’t review books for young people anymore, I still sometimes receive requests that I can’t resist. E-versions of the following three animal books were sent to me. I am not a Skunk by Ellen Pilch Harold and the Poopy Little Puppy by Ellen Crowe Chasing the Blue Sky by William Lowrey Each of these e-books is for a different age group and has a different focus. The quality of each also differs, but one captivated me enough that I asked for a print version. Chasing the Blue Sky by William Lowrey is the story of a Toby, a … Continue reading Review: Three Pet Books for Young People

Review: A Dog’s Purpose by Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Purpose follows the fictional account of a special dog. This best-selling novel changed author Bruce Cameron’s life, earning him the reputation of “the dog book guy”. Dogs will die and tears will fall. However, dogs will also be born. As for those tears, they’ll flow from both sadness and happiness. A Dog’s Purpose is a creative and moving tribute to man’s best friend. Let’s start with the fact that dogs will die and dogs will be born. A Dog’s Purpose tells the story of one dog who dies very early in the story but then starts his life … Continue reading Review: A Dog’s Purpose by Bruce Cameron

Review: Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pryon

Based on a true story, Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron tells of five-year-old Ivan, a street kid in Russia who formed a close relationship with a pack of feral dogs. While this young adult novel is well-written and full of enough adventure to appeal to even the most reluctant reader, at about the halfway point, the heart-breaking events portrayed also became too much for me to bear. Dogs of Winter is a book I both love and hate. The symbiotic relationship between Ivan and the dogs is touching and beautiful. One cold day a large brown and black dog presses … Continue reading Review: Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pryon

Review: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

I recently found myself talking to the book I was reading. It was the award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Initially, I merely pondered inwardly whether the main character was an accurate depiction of autism. However, as startling developments started to unfold, I began to rant outwardly to the characters about their choices, their beliefs, their actions. It’s been awhile since a book got under my skin like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Having first read the book many years ago, I elected to reread The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time when … Continue reading Review: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Review: Biscuit Storybook Collection by Alyssa Capucilli

Characters often sell a story. In this case, the winsome character is an adorable puppy named Biscuit. He yearns daily to please his young female owner. Sometimes that means trying over and over to learn to fetch a ball. Other times, it means pretending with his mistress that a kid pool and a sand box are the same as going to the beach. Another way that Biscuit makes himself endearing is that he doesn’t have a mean bone in his small body. He makes friends with kittens, bunnies, ducks, fish, and neighbors both near and far. When his young female … Continue reading Review: Biscuit Storybook Collection by Alyssa Capucilli

Review: Wild Things by Clay Carmichael

Can one live alone? Can wild things be tamed? If one always has an exit through which one can escape, is that trust? These are the ideas explored by Clay Carmichael in first young adult novel aptly named Wild Things. According to Carmichael, “this story first strayed into my life on four white pink-padded paws.” Before you start thinking that the book is about cats, it only partially is. It’s also about eleven-year-old Zoe who trusts no one, her reclusive Uncle Henry who takes Zoe in when her mother dies, and a wild boy whose identity remains unknown for most … Continue reading Review: Wild Things by Clay Carmichael

Review: Socks by Beverly Cleary

Socks is an adorable cat story by Beverly Cleary, one of children’s literature most-beloved authors. It’s always a delight to pick up a book by Cleary, whose characters ranged from kindergarteners to teens and dogs and cats to mice. I also enjoy any opportunity to read an animal story. Socks also has special significance to me, because I read it aloud to my own cat Lucy in the few days before she died. A young tabby cat with four white paws, Socks was the favorite cat of Debbie and her brother George. Despite needing to sell their newest litter of kittens, … Continue reading Review: Socks by Beverly Cleary

Review: Skippyjon Class Action by Judith Schachner

Judith Schachner’s wonderful imagination infuses the story of Skippyjon Class Action. A great sense of play also permeates the book’s artwork. Both make for compelling reasons why you should purchase Skippyjon Class Action, except that there’s an accusation of racism against the whole series. Is the latter true? And, if it is, does that discount the other merits? Skippyjon is dying to go to school, even if school is just for dogs. And nothing, not even being sent to his room by his mother, is going to keep him from making his wish come true. His mother tells him that he’s already … Continue reading Review: Skippyjon Class Action by Judith Schachner

Review: The Secret Language of Kittens by Tammy Gagne

The Secret Language of Kittens by Tammy Gagne was a hasty purchase, bought after my husband and I decided to adopt our foster kitten. Compact in size and almost 200 pages in length, this guide to kitten care will serve as a basic introduction for the new pet owner. To obtain in-depth coverage or if you’re a more experienced pet owner, I’d suggest supplementing your shelves with other books. Never had a kitten? The Secret Language of Kittens will help you pick the right breed, as well as know what supplies to purchase. It’ll also give advice on how to introduce your … Continue reading Review: The Secret Language of Kittens by Tammy Gagne

Review: Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos

How could I have taken so long to discover Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos? In 2006, Rotten Ralph celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. To date, there are at least nineteen books about Rotten Ralph. Moreover, Rotten Ralph had at one time been so popular, a thirty-minute television show based on the characters aired for one year. Yet this October is the first time I read this humorous tale. The story line of Rotten Ralph, the book for which Jack Gantos gained his fame, is an interesting one. Gantos starts out by providing various examples of how Ralph is a rotten cat, with … Continue reading Review: Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos