Book Review: The Fitzy Resolution by A.D. DeSena

From Dakota’s Den:  Today I bring to you a FIRST on Dakota’s blog. This is the FIRST book review that has appeared on Dakota’s blog that I did not write. This review was done by a most special reviewer, MY HUSBANDLenny Gittleman. Why did my husband review The Fitzy Resolution?  Having two blogs and doing book reviews on both, MANY books have entered our home,  my husband was intrigued by the premise of this book, and asked to read it.  Being  more politically well-versed than I am, I felt he was the perfect “candidate” to do this book justice. The fact that he was a Special Education teacher for 36 years, and is incredibly intellectually gifted, doesn’t hurt either! So sit back and enjoy my husband’s review of Author A.D. DeSena’s:

The Fitzy Resolution

It’s a “dog eat dog world” in both a figurative and literal sense in the innovative fantasy/political thriller The Fitzy Resolution by A.D. DeSena.

To purchase click on the book cover!

To purchase click on the book cover!

Set in a futuristic society where dogs have their own governmental body called the “Central Canine Government”, the premise involves trying to discover why Yorkshire Terriers are mysteriously disappearing at an alarming rate. Other elements essential to the plot are the ever-increasing threat to the preservation of canines by a group of strays called “The Wilds”, and the ulterior motives of sinister politician dogs led by Senator Juniper.

The Fitzy Resolution is a brilliant satirical portrayal of our political system, manifested through the actions of canines and other domestic animals. DeSena accurately mirrors the many complexities inherent in running a democratic society.

Just as our country, (the U.S.), is divided along political lines that often hinder legislative progress, in DeSena’s canine ruled society, two political parties, the “Submissives” and the “Contrarians”, with two opposing political philosophies, must somehow find a way to work together to help preserve their canine society from outside forces determined to destroy it.

DeSena is adept in addressing the necessity of compromise and collaboration with opposing viewpoints to achieve the greater good. Through the actions of the protagonist, Senator Labrador-Casey, the author demonstrates that it is important to have ideals, vision and a philosophy, but a sense of pragmatism and cooperation is needed to achieve desired goals.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book for a variety of reasons. On one level it is an extremely exciting narrative that holds the reader’s interest from the first page to the exciting climax. DeSena is a genius at utilizing the technique of personification, ascribing human traits to non-humans. The author has written not only a great story, but a thought-provoking social commentary without sounding preachy, NOT an easy task.

Without reservation I would give The Fitzy Resolution four paws up. NO BONES ABOUT IT!

ISBN 978-0-9847676-0-1

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Book Review: Red Dog/Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political By Chuck Sambuchino

By now, those of us that live in the United States have more than had our fill of political ads, debates, news broadcasts and the talking heads who are trying to garner our votes for who will be, as of Tuesday, November 6th, the next President Of The United States.

If you have a Facebook or Twitter account you can barely pop in for five minutes without HUNDREDS and I DO mean hundreds of political messages flying by your screen.

Before you bite the head off of a friend who has an opposing point of view, (or after the election results tomorrow), escape for a much-needed, humorous respite from the political messages and sit back and enjoy:

Photo Courtesy of Chuck Sambuchino

 

Throughout America’s history people have never been able to agree on politics. Well guess what? Our dogs have their own opinions too!

Lately I have found myself wondering if the conservative tartan plaid bandanna that was put on Dakota when he was groomed last week is a subliminal message that “fancy lad” Mitt Romney will be elected President, but I digress.

In this fun book, author Sambuchino pairs 140 full-color photos of dogs with witty captions (that he collected after having done a shout out on Facebook and Twitter asking readers to submit photos of their dogs), that poke fun at both sides of the political spectrum. For those that live out of the country, RED portrays those who are conservative and would be considered Republicans and who would be voting for the ultra-conservative Mitt Romney, BLUE would be for liberal-minded folks like myself who are Democrats, and are hoping for Barack Obama’s re-election.

My father,  Ray Osrin,  was for 30 yrs a world-renowned, genius Editorial Cartoonist at Ohio’s largest newspaper, The Plain Dealer.  He  lived and breathed politics, made his living from it,  and was  sickened, shocked and appalled at the lack of political interest/awareness of his daughter, namely ME, but once again I digress.  He would have gotten a real kick out of this  book, as I am sure that you will too!

Here are a few examples of photos and captions that are in Red Dog/Blue Dog:

Photo courtesy of Writer’s Digest.com

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Writer’s Digest.com

Red Dog/Blue Dog covers all the important issues that have come up during this campaign and of course they are all presented from a dog’s perspective.

Some of the controversial topics that are presented in a fun, upbeat, non-partisan way are:

  • Gay marriage
  • Religion
  • Social Security
  • Patriotism
  • Healthcare

and the list goes on…

A portion of the proceeds from Red Dog/Blue Dog will be donated to

no-kill shelters and rescue operations

around the country

No matter which way YOUR or your dog’s tail wags…you are sure to get a laugh out of Red Dog/Blue Dog. 

In the meantime, if you live in the United States and are of legal age to vote, BE SURE THAT YOU EXERCISE THAT RIGHT!

If you don’t…you have no right to complain about how things are…..got it?

Chuck Sambuchino and his dog “Graham” Photo courtesy of http://www.reddog-bluedog.com/?page_id=13

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chuck Sambuchino is a dog owner and politics junkie.

Visit him at chucksambuchino.com and reddog-bluedog.com

TO PURCHASE RED DOG/BLUE DOG CLICK HERE

ISBN 978-0-7624-4639-1

Published by www.runningpress.com