Book:”Sugar’s Furry Friend” by Author, Maria Rosalyn Acero: FREE on KINDLE, June 4th and June 5th only!

Hi everyone!

It’s Dakota and I have some pawsome news for you today!

When Mom was at BlogPaws, one of her most favorite things was getting to meet Sugar The Golden Retriever’s Mom, Rosalyn! It was ALMOST as good as meeting Sugar herself!

What? You don’t know Sugar? Who DOESN’T know Sugar!? Sugar is a beautiful Golden Retriever with a blog that is full of “golden moments” and love! You can visit Sugar’s blog here

 

When Mom met Rosalyn at BlogPaws, Rosalyn gave Mom a copy of a special book that she wrote in honor of “10 Golden years” she has spent with Sugar! Here it is!

sugar book cover 1 from rosalyn

 

Isn’t this just the BEST!!??

sugar book cover dakota sniffingsugar book cover dakota on floor with it

sugar book cover dakota reading inside

sugar book cover dakota looking up 2

sugar book cover dakota looking up so pretty

TO GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD:  CLICK HERE

You can also purchase the book online

by clicking here

sugar book cover dakota paw on sugar

Book Feature: Claude in the City, Written & Illustrated by Alex T.Smith

I was recently sent a copy of a  clever book for the elementary school crowd, (ages 7-9) that is witty, fun, educational and has some pretty darned great illustrations to boot! The book is Claude in the City, which was written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith.

Book cover photo courtesy of Peachtree Online

Book cover photo courtesy of Peachtree Online

Having an artistic eye myself, what I love about the appearance of the book is that it is entirely done in the eye-catching color combination of red, black and white. I found that to be refreshing, bold, exciting and sure to catch a little one’s eye!

The book is about Claude (a rather “Snoopy-esque”  looking Beagle I presume? Only Claude’s nose is pointier, but I digress) ,  who loves to go on adventures! When Claude’s  owners (who he refers to as Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes) leave for work,  Claude dons his trademark beret, and takes off with his best friend, Sir Bobblysock (“who is both a sock and very bobbly”), and they decide what adventure they will have that day.

Claude in the City is the first of what will be a book series featuring Claude. In this book, Claude and Sir Bobblysock visit the city for the first time. It starts off as an ordinary day as they visit local shops, have tea and visit a museum (where Claude accidentally foils a robbery!) That sure is no “ordinary” day,  that day became an extraordinary day, that is for sure!

If you are looking for a fun book for the little ones in your life, Claude in the City fills the bill! The series will continue with Claude at the Circus (coming Fall 2013) and Claude at the Beach (coming Spring 2014).

Photo courtesy of Peachtree Online

Photo courtesy of Peachtree Online

ABOUT THE AUTHOR from Peachtree Publishers: Alex T.Smith briefly considered careers in space travel, cookery and being a professional rabbit before finally deciding to become an illustrator. He graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Illustration and won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Illustration. He lives in England under the constant supervision of his canine companions-two very tiny, very naughty Chihuahuas and an ancient and very bossy Yorkshire Terrier. 

ISBN: 978-1-56145-694-9

To purchase click here

 

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a copy of the book to read/review/feature on Dakota’s blog. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Planet of the Dogs: by Robert J. McCarty, Illustrations by Stella Mustanoja McCarty

Looking for a book for the  youngsters in your life that sends the message of love, friendship and loyalty?

planet of the dogs bookmark

Have you wondered what life was like BEFORE there were dogs?

Where did the first dog come from?

Why did dogs inhabit Earth?

From the Publisher: Out in space, on the other side of the sun is the Planet Of The Dogs. This is the story of the first time dogs came to planet earth to teach people about love and to save the farmers of Green Valley from the invasion of the Stone City warriors.

Planet of the Dogs is a delightful fantasy for  those in the mid to upper elementary grades as well as their parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents!

The story begins in a time long ago before there were dogs on Planet Earth.

For a while things were beautiful, people prospered and life was good.

Then, as is often the case, where there is good, to have balance in life there must be some bad. Planet Earth was threatened by evil forces.  These forces made some people forget how to love.

When Miss Merrie (Queen of the dogs on Planet Dog) heard of the problems on Earth she knew that something had to be done to help them.  The first dog arrived and the course of the world changed.

“The most special thing about dogs is their ability to love.   They do this better than any other creature.”

People learned about loving without judging, devotion, the rewards of hard work, protection, peace and much more.

Planet of the Dogs is a quick read for adults.  The  resplendent imagery,  is sure to captivate,  delighting the imaginations of the young readers by transporting them to a  fantasy place where dogs are the heroes and heroines.

If only we all always lived the lessons of the most devoted animals on the planet, DOGS. Then it would truly be “Heaven on Earth.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert McCarty is a producer/writer/director of films and videos on subjects ranging from teenage lifestyles to race relations. His short film,Rooftops Of New York, was nominated for an Academy Award. He is a former adjunct instructor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and at the School Of Visual Arts, New York City.Planet Of The Dogs was inspired by the many stories made up for his four children and five grandchildren.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Stella Mustanoja McCarty, who teaches painting and drawing at the Vantaa, Finland, Art School, illustrated the book. She graduated as a painting major  from the Art Academy in Helsinki and also holds degrees from the University of Helsinki in Education and Sociology and Social Policy.

ISBN 978-0-9786928-0-3

Visit www.planetofthedogs.net

 

To purchase

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

 

 

Book Feature And GIVE-AWAY: RILEY MACK and the Other Known Troublemakers By Chris Grabenstein “Mischief Monday”

Happy “Mischief Monday” all! 

If you notice the title of the blog today, I have a “Book FEATURE”  instead of a “Book REVIEW” Why? Because Mom didn’t have time to read this book to me!!!

Instead of doing a normal “REVIEW” I am going to give you information about the book: RILEY MACK and the Other Known Troublemakers by Chris Grabenstein ( perfect for Mischief Monday!) that was sent to Mom and I by the publisher, HarperCollins, and we are going to give YOU a chance to win a copy!

From the publisher:

In this merry, mischievous romp, master storyteller Chris Grabenstein introduces Riley Mack-a twelve-year-old hometown hero with a talent for plotting schemes in the name of justice. Like an Ocean’s Eleven for tweens, this mystery-comedy features an uproarious cast of “known troublemakers” including aspiring actress Briana, tech wiz Jake, *vocab-obsessed lockpicker Jamal, and the large-but-sweet Mongo.

*FROM DAKOTA: “vocab-obsessed” Savannah and Jet they are talkin’ to YOU!! BOL!!!!

As Riley leads his gang through a series of capers that ultimately results in a foiled bank robbery and the rescue of fifty-seven adorable puppies, readers will enjoy the dramatic interplay of the characters and the unfolding of the mystery as well as the fast-paced action and humor.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Chris Grabenstein is the Agatha-and Anthony Award-winning author of the Haunted Mysteries series, including The Crossroads, The Hanging Hill, and The Smoky Corridor. He’s also the author of the adult titles Tilt a Whirl, Mad Mouse, and Whack a Mole. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, JJ, three cats, and a dog named Fred who starred on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You can visit Chris (and Fred) online at www.chrisgrabenstein.com

ISBN: 9780062026200

Ages 8-12

Available on www.harpercollinschildrens.com

GIVE-AWAY OPEN TO EVERYONE!! Want to win this book? Leave a comment (and a way for Mom to contact you, if we have no way to contact you and you are the winner, guess what? YOU LOSE!)  telling me about YOUR mischief by Monday, September 3, 2012 at 11PM EASTERN. Winner will be announced WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012. 

Good luck!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Happy Birthday Dr.Seuss!

Today Dakota and I are taking part in the Dr.Seuss Challenge that is being sponsored by DA WEENIES OF FLORIDA AND ZOOLATRY.

Back in October ironically I had mentioned Dr.Seuss in a post on Cat Chat that I had written  for my birthday and feeling as if I am lacking in the creativity department today,  I have decided that since last Tuesday was Dakota’s birthday and today is Dr.Seuss’s birthday it was appropriate to publish the part of that post that referenced Dr. Seuss.  We are visiting the post in the part where I mention the reason for my being obsessed with birthdays. Hope you enjoy it:

Just a small aside as to where my obsession with birthdays (not just mine, I love everyone else’s birthday too, I derive great joy in giving presents on birthdays!) arose from.
 
As a child of about 4 years old my favorite book was HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, by Dr.Seuss:

From Wikipedia: “Happy Birthday to You! is a 1959 children’s book by Dr. Seuss. It deals with a fantastic land called Katroo, where the Birthday Bird throws everyone an amazing party on their special day. It has almost no plot and consists of one long fantastical celebration, narrated in the second person, of the reader’s birthday.
The Birthday Bird appears in an episode of The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.
The book is dedicated to his “good friends” and “The Children of San Diego County.”
I delighted in traveling with the “birthday boy” as the Birthday Bird pops his head in the window at possibly 5am or earlier and takes the little boy on the most glorious adventures for his birthday! Being food obsessed, I remember the illustration of a never ending string of hot dogs. There were bands playing and creatures paying homage to the little boy, all sorts of delightful events took place. At sundown the Birthday Bird returns the little boy to his bed where he drifts happily into slumber, exhausted, and blissfully loved.

For some reason the images and message from that book never left me. It is STILL one of my favorites from my childhood.

My wish for everyone on his or her birthday is that for even a moment,  you can be transcended back into your childhood and experience the joy that birthdays were sure to bring.  A day full of laughter, expectations of the unexpected, delighting in spontaneity, fully living in the moment worry-free and believing when you blow out the candles on your birthday cake, that anything and everything is possible!  Long live
our inner child!

Winner Of “Menagerie” By Sharon Montrose, Illustrations And Lettering By Julianna Swaney

I love how things in life work. Sometimes coincidences are just delightful!

Today is the perfect example of that.

Author/Illustrator Wendy Wahman

Last summer I had the pleasure of reviewing two delightful  children’s books by  author/illustrator, Wendy Wahman.

The first book of Wendy’s that I had reviewed was “Don’t Lick The Dog” , you can read the review here

The second book of Wendy’s that I had reviewed was actually reviewed on my other blog, Cat Chat.  The title of the book is “A Cat Like That” and you can read that review here

You can also visit Wendy’s website here

As you have probably already figured out…

WENDY WAHMAN  is the winner of “Menagerie” (as chosen by www.random.org)

CONGRATULATIONS WENDY!!

Please email me your complete mailing address to cgittleman @ mi dot rr dot com

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.

BOOK REVIEW:BARK PARK Written & Illustrated By Karen Gray Ruelle

After days and days of neglect, Mom finally sat down with me to read one of many books that were mailed to our house for Mom and I to review.

The most recent of the list is Bark Park!

Bark Park is the perfect bedtime story book for little pups (primarily human pups) ages 2 to 6.

There are brightly colored, lively illustrations that show all sorts of doggies romping and playing in the park.  Some of the illustrations show a Dalmatian, Scottie, Dachshund, Poodle, just to name a few.

There are mutts, old dogs, digging dogs, barking dogs, finding bone and ball dogs, all sorts of dogs!

There was one breed of dog  of the many that were featured that I didn’t see in Bark Park (maybe Mom and I missed it?) SHELTIES!

Where are the Shelties?

There is an illustration of what appears to be a Collie with (ready for this?) a CAT in its mouth!!

My brother Cody refused to pose with this illustration, BOL!

 

Needless to say, my brother Cody was NOT amused by THAT in the least!

Bark Park is fun!

As it says in the inside sleeve:

“Energetic rhymes are punctuated with cheerful illustrations in this bouncy, fast-paced frolic. It’s doggone delightful!”

Here is an example:

“Thin dog, grin dog, gulping, lapping.  Hairless, careless, digging, yapping. Pack dog, track dog, on the prowl. Curly, surly, woof and growl.”

If you are looking for a fun, fast reading, adorably written/illustrated children’s book about dogs, head on over to Bark Park!

 

 

  • Hardcover: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-56145-434-1
  • Total Pages: 32
  • Size: 10 3/8 x 8 1/2
  • Language: English

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Karen Gray Ruelle has written and illustrated a number of books, including Bark ParkHidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered From the Nazis in Le Chambon (which she co-authored with Deborah Durland DeSaix), The Tree, and theHarry and Emily series. She has also worked as an editor, a reviewer, and a librarian. She lives in New York.”

 

 

 

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!