Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mogie: The Heart of House by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal - ADVISABLE

Appelt, Kathi.  Mogie: The Heart of the House, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal.  Atheneum (Simon & Schuster), 2014.  $17.99.  PICTURE BOOK. 
Based on a true story about the Ronald McDonald House in Houston and the dog Mogie who lives there.  There is a special house for kids who are sick and their families.  A little boy named Gage used to be very active, but then he became sick.  There was a pup who tried to be a service dog, search and rescue, and even the show ring; but he wasn’t well behaved.  He broke rules and loved to have fun.  He came to the special house and found Gage sitting in a wheelchair.  He helped Gage get his mojo back.  Gage got well and went home, but there are always sick kids who need a friend to help them get better.  Part of the proceeds of the book go back to help Mogie and all the kids at Ronald McDonald House Houston.  This is a good story with bright and colorful illustrations on the serious topic of children’s illness and what one dog has done to help.
EL-ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.    

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