Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Great Dog Disaster by Katie Davies –NO

Davies, Katie The Great Dog Disaster 208 pgs. Beach Lane Books, 2013. $11.38.  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
Suzanne and Anna are so excited when Suzanne’s family inherits a dog! But Beatrice isn't quite what they were expecting. She old, sickly, homesick, lazy, and smelly. But the girls are determined and work hard. Suzanne’s parents aren't quite as thrilled, and things may be coming to an end for Beatrice. Will the girls be able to save Beatrice or will she save herself?
I think the cover of this book is going to be a problem. Think Magic Puppy –that’s the kind of cover students choose when picking a dog book in my library (despite my protests!). I actually didn’t care for this book. It was very British, which would road block a smooth read for many students. There is a very colloquial neighbor man who just grated my nerves. If students aren't ready to confront animals being put to sleep, this is going to a bit harsh for them as well.

EL –NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

No comments: