Book Review: “The Blue House Dog” Written By Deborah Blumenthal, Illustrated By Adam Gustavson

The Blue House Dog is a story about “A boy without a dog-and a dog without an owner”.

“Some people call him Bones

because he’s so thin.

But nobody knows his real name.”

“He’s just a stray dog,

people say,

and not a special one…”

“Only his eyes are special.

One is brown

and the other

sapphire blue.”

The above is a description of “Bones” (as he is called by Cody, the little boy who tells us the story of The Blue House Dog).  From the day that Cody first noticed Bones,  he  spends his days watching  him, giving him food, worrying about his welfare.

You see, Bones once had a home. He lived with a man in a big blue house. One day the man suddenly died.  Bones, after being frightened by the police who come to the home, escapes and is left to wander the neighborhood.

He spends much of his time searching for food and trying to elude the evil dog-catcher.

To make matters worse, the big blue house that Bones used to live in was torn down.

It was the only home that Bones had ever known.

Bones is heartbroken  and lonely.

So is Cody. You see, Cody once had a dog of his own  named Teddy, that he loved very much.  Teddy used to curl up in bed with Cody every night. Cody used to tell him secrets because he  considered Teddy to be his “best friend in the world.”

One day Teddy became sick and died.  Cody doesn’t know why.  All he knows is that he is still hurting. He still Teddy’s  picture in his room.  He has kept Teddy’s bright fire-engine red dog bowl wrapped in a brown paper bag, stashed deep in the closet of his bedroom,  because he cannot bear to look at it.

“When you lose someone

who’s as close as your own skin,

the only place

you can find him again

is hidden

inside your memories.”

Throughout this tug-at-your-heartstrings story,  Cody and Bones cautiously grow closer, both are afraid of being hurt again.  They both must relearn how to love and trust.

“Bones is just a stray dog,

people say,

and not a special one.

But he is to me.

Dogs find their way

inside you

and you want to keep them there.”

 

Will Bones and Cody ever learn to trust and love each other?

I’m not telling.

You will have to read this touching story to find out.

FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

“Readers will be deeply affected by Deborah Blumenthal’s story of love and loss. Adam Gustavson’s full-color illustrations reveal the shadows and light, as well as the quiet drama, of neighborhood life, and highlight the emerging relationship between the narrator and the lonely, dispirited dog that captures his attention, and finally, his heart.”

  • Hardcover: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-56145-537-9
  • Total Pages: 32

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Deborah Blumenthal has written nine children’s books, including two Book Sense 76 winners. She has also been a regular contributor to the New York Times, covering beauty and fitness. Blumenthal lives in New York.

You can visit Deborah Blumenthal’s website here.

 

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:

Adam Gustavson has illustrated sixteen books for children, including Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt! and Snow Day!.He lives in New Jersey.

You can visit Adam Gustavson’s website here

 

 

IN FULL DISCLOSURE: I was not compensated for this blog post. I was sent a copy of The Blue House Dog to  review.

Barking Book Review: CAMP K-9, Written By Mary Ann Rodman, Illustrated By Nancy Hayashi

 

I was excited when Mom received Camp K-9 in the mail! It is my second bark book review!

 

 

I couldn’t wait to get my paws on it!

 

We all have fears and insecurities and sometimes when we are faced with a bully (like for me the scary black dog I sometimes see when I am walking)  we forget that the reason the bully is being mean to us is because they actually have secret insecurities themselves!

Sometimes if we just open up and share with the bully the person we really are,  the bully might discover that we actually worry about and are afraid of the same things!  We are always stronger than the person who is bullying us, it doesn’t seem like it at the time, but we are.

 

Many times the most unlikely friends come out of situations where we were being bullied.

Camp K-9 is a delightfully written/illustrated Children’s book that takes a look at hidden insecurities (as well as hidden similarities) as seen through the eyes of  Roxie, an adorable pup on her way to camp (Camp K-9) for the first time.

Roxie has a secret , (her blankie) stashed in her “Pooch Pouch” that she doesn’t want the other campers (especially that mean old Poodle Lacy) to see because Roxie is afraid that Lacy will bully her even worse if she sees what is hiding in her pouch!

 

Roxie and her friends are all afraid of Lacy and her bullying, until one day Lacy is missing. When Roxie and her friends find that mean old Lacy they discover that SHE has kept a secret HERSELF!

Will Roxie and her fellow doggie campers become friends with Lacy?

What is Lacy’s secret?

I can’t tell!

You will have to read this pawfectly wonderful book yourself to find out!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  • Hardcover: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-56145-561-4
  • Total Pages: 32
  • Size: 8 1/4 x 10
  • Language: English
  • Rights: World

Published by PEACHTREE ATLANTA

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Ann Rodman, a former school media specialist, is the author of A Tree for Emmy and First Grade Stinks!. She has received both the Ezra Jack Keats Award for Outstanding New Picture Book Writer and the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She lives in Georgia. You can visit Mary Ann Rodman’s website here.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:Nancy Hayashi has illustrated seven picture books, including I Can Do It Myself!, Bunny Bungalow, which won a 2000 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award; Wanda’s Monster, a CCBC Choice; and What Did You Do Today?, also a CCBC Choice. She lives in California.

In full disclosure: Mom and I received no compensation for this review. Well I may have received one or two treats but that was it I swear!

 

Cody was just incredulous that he WASN’T doing the review AND that the doggies in the book were called “scaredy cats!!” Don’t worry, he’ll get over it!

Book Review: “Don’t Lick The Dog, Making Friends With Dogs” By Wendy Wahman

I am so excited I can barely keep my tail from wagging and my body from spinning!

Today I present to you my FIRST book review!

I couldn’t have picked a cuter book to read for my first review!

I may have only been alive for four years but in those years I have come across my share of kids AND their parents who don’t know the proper way to approach a doggie that they do not know.  Heck sometimes my Mommy and my Daddy have to be told the correct way to meet and greet an unfamiliar doggie.

Now that we have “Don’t Lick The Dog, Making Friends With Dogs”, by Wendy Wahman kids and their parents have no excuse NOT to greet a doggie properly!

My Mom and I read this book together and we think it is adorable! (That is Mom’s word, adorable is too “girrly” of a word for me to use).

It is written in a rhyming style :

“Easy now, take it slow

when meeting dogs

that you don’t know.

Don’t stick your nose in Stella’s face-

until you’re friends,

she needs her space.”

This book  has brightly colored illustrations that were also done by Wendy,  that are fun to look at!  I like the doggies in the book that look like a Chihuahua and one that is a Poodle because they remind me of my friends Chico and Colette. I will have to show them this book one day! There is even a drawing of one doggie that looks like a Sheltie! It was probably meant to be a Collie but for the purpose of this blog we will just go with a Sheltie, ok?

Check out this cool video that I have that will tell you even more about this fun and informative book!

I hope you will purchase this book. It is super fun to read and look at and  it teaches everybody from kids to their parents the best way to act with all of us doggies.

Speaking as one of the canine persuasion I say BRAVO and THANK YOU to Wendy!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: WENDY WAHMAN lives in Washington State with big poodles, old cats and a husband named Joe. She has won many awards for illustration, but her greatest joy is loving the two, three and four-legged animals she has known. This is her first children’s book.

You can find Wendy here:

EXTRA!!! EXTRA!!! My Mom and my brother, Cody will be reviewing Wendy’s second book “A Cat Like That”  on Friday, July 8th on their Cat Chat blog.  Be sure to stop by and check it out!

I wasn’t compensated in any way for this review (well, my Mom gave me a few dog biscuits if you want FULL disclosure!). I only received a copy of this FUN and INFORMATIVE book!

Book Review: “Don’t Lick The Dog, Making Friends With Dogs” By Wendy Wahman

I am so excited I can barely keep my tail from wagging and my body from spinning!

Today I present to you my FIRST book review!

I couldn’t have picked a cuter book to read for my first review!

I may have only been alive for four years but in those years I have come across my share of kids AND their parents who don’t know the proper way to approach a doggie that they do not know.  Heck sometimes my Mommy and my Daddy have to be told the correct way to meet and greet an unfamiliar doggie.

Now that we have “Don’t Lick The Dog, Making Friends With Dogs”, by Wendy Wahman kids and their parents have no excuse NOT to greet a doggie properly!

My Mom and I read this book together and we think it is adorable! (That is Mom’s word, adorable is too “girrly” of a word for me to use).

It is written in a rhyming style :

“Easy now, take it slow

when meeting dogs

that you don’t know.

Don’t stick your nose in Stella’s face-

until you’re friends,

she needs her space.”

This book  has brightly colored illustrations that were also done by Wendy,  that are fun to look at!  I like the doggies in the book that look like a Chihuahua and one that is a Poodle because they remind me of my friends Chico and Colette. I will have to show them this book one day! There is even a drawing of one doggie that looks like a Sheltie! It was probably meant to be a Collie but for the purpose of this blog we will just go with a Sheltie, ok?

Check out this cool video that I have that will tell you even more about this fun and informative book!

I hope you will purchase this book. It is super fun to read and look at and  it teaches everybody from kids to their parents the best way to act with all of us doggies.

Speaking as one of the canine persuasion I say BRAVO and THANK YOU to Wendy!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: WENDY WAHMAN lives in Washington State with big poodles, old cats and a husband named Joe. She has won many awards for illustration, but her greatest joy is loving the two, three and four-legged animals she has known. This is her first children’s book.

You can find Wendy here:

EXTRA!!! EXTRA!!! My Mom and my brother, Cody will be reviewing Wendy’s second book “A Cat Like That”  on Friday, July 8th on their Cat Chat blog.  Be sure to stop by and check it out!

I wasn’t compensated in any way for this review (well, my Mom gave me a few dog biscuits if you want FULL disclosure!). I only received a copy of this FUN and INFORMATIVE book!