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.