Guest Review of Who Wants Broccoli? by Sebastian the Rescue Dog

Clearly I’m not a cat, but I appreciate Sneaky inviting me to guest post. I’m Sebastian, a rescue dog who’s part Chihuahua and all spunk, as Mom says. My humans and I currently live in Austin, Texas, but I’ve also lived in Las Vegas (where my previous owner left me to fend for myself) and Victoria, British Columbia (where my humans adopted me). I should have frequent flyer status by now!

Anyway, Mom’s a writer and she decided to write a picture book imagining my life with the other rescue dogs. Before submitting her story to agents, she read me a bunch of other picture books about dogs (especially rescues like me) and we discovered “Who Wants Broccoli?” which is written and illustrated by Val Jones (HarperCollins, 2015).

The book features Broccoli, a large but lovable rescue dog living in Beezley’s Animal Shelter while he waits for a family to take him home. Mrs. Beezley likes to say “there’s a lid for every pot and a pot for every lid,” but Broccoli’s loud, messy ways get him into trouble. Anyone who’s ever been told they try too hard will relate to his plight.

A little boy and his mom move into the neighborhood and come to adopt a dog, but they almost miss Broccoli because Mr. Beezley has moved his cage into the storeroom. That part was so sad, I let out a little Chihuahua whimper (or maybe I was hungry, as I often am). But eventually Broccoli finds his lid and a new family that loves him, messes and all.

I think kids and pets will enjoy Jones’ simple, heartwarming story and playful illustrations that show a range of different pets. I only wish every rescue animal could find a good home like Broccoli and I did.

For more #doglit reviews and photos of my adventures, follow me on Twitter at @LittleRedRescue. My mom tweets about #kidlit and shares her own writing at @UrbanMuseWriter.

What animal picture books should we read next? Leave a comment and let us know!

Sneaky’s note: Thank you Sebastian for a doggone good post. Not bad for a dog. If any other pet has an animal book they would like to review, please have your person send it to my author at debbiewriter@yahoo.com.

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Interview with Gravel from Periennials by Bryce Gibbons

fidoWow, Meow! I never thought I’d see the day that I’d have a dog interviewed on my blog. However, although I prefer fellow cats, I don’t want to discriminate against other animal characters. To do this interview justice, I decided to invite my co-star Fido to conduct the interview. He only agreed if I could feature his photo. Okay, Fido old Bud, your picture is posted. Take it away.

Woof Woof! Thanks, Sneaky. I am excited about my first interview. I don’t have your experience, but I will do my best.

Bow Wow, there. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Gravel and my author’s name is Bryce Gibson

Nice to meet you, Gravel. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

book-coverSo far I am only in one book. Perennials is a Young Adult mystery/thriller

Hot Dog! I love mysteries of all kinds. I’m in the Cobble Cove series with Sneaky.

Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

Currently it is not a series, and Bryce doesn’t have any plans of turning it into one 😦

But maybe he’ll write a sequel one day soon?

Standalones are okay. My author features cats in all her writing besides her series. There’s a cat in her short story and her novella that came out on February 14. Roxie, a female Siamese owned by a handsome jewel thief is in her novella,  When Jack Trumps Ace, and Seashell is an orange tabby that lives at an inn in Cape May, New Jersey during the 1880’s in Debbie’s historical romance, The Seashell and the Stone, from the Cupid’s Arrow anthology.

Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

I am not based on a real dog. I am a hound dog. In real life, Bryce has a Yorkie named Ginger.

Yorkies are cute and I have nothing against hounds.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

This is the beginning of an important flashback scene:

IT WAS a fittingly gloomy, rainy day in the spring after Tyler’s death when I first heard about Jenny’s past.

I was at Gran’s house. Gran and Catherine were in the kitchen where they were making preserves out of the last of the figs that Catherine had picked from her own backyard tree.

I was in the den, sitting on the floor and watching TV. Gravel was lying next to me. He had his head resting on my bent knee, and in his slumber, the old dog would drool every now and then.

The den opened up into the kitchen, making it easy to see and hear what was going on from one room to the other. There were the sounds of boiling water and the clink of glass jars.

The entire house was filled with the smell of sugar and figs that, every so often, would cause Gravel to lift his head and sniff at the air. The aroma was undeniably what was making him drool in his sleep and led me to wonder what kind of sweet, nectarous dreams the fragrance was evoking.

Excellent. I can just picture that scene.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I like that my owner, Dusty Miller, got me when I was just a puppy. The two of us got to grow up together.

Awww. Mac got me as a pup, too, but John wasn’t a child then. When he came back from college to live with his father after his wife died and his mother shortly later, I kind of shared both of them and helped them cope with their losses.

Are you a talking dog in your books or just a silent one like I am who just barks occasionally?

I do not talk.

Neither do I, but actions speak louder in my opinion.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Even if you don’t talk, please bark and do everything you can to alert others to danger.

I’m with you, Gravel even though I wasn’t able to prevent a kidnapping in my second book. It wasn’t my fault the bad guy drugged me.

the-reading-buddy-coverDo you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

Bryce has a new book coming out this year. It is called The Reading Buddy. I’m not in it, but I have a friend that is. Her name is Wolf. She is a beautiful black Labrador.

Bow wow! Maybe Sneaky will let me back to interview her. My tail wags at the thought. The reprint of my first mystery and my third book will be out this spring. Sneaky got his wish to be on the cover of the third mystery, so I hope Debbie will consider putting me on the fourth.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

author-photoWebsite: https://www.BryceGibsonWriter.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BryceGibsonWriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BGibsonWriter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bgibsonwriter

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bgibsonwriter

Thanks for the interview, Gravel and best dog bones to you and your author on your books.