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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Announcing Two New Columns for Pet Readers and Writers

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky with some mews for all my pawsome readers. I am planning to start two new columns on this blog for pet readers and writers. The first will be my “Mew Release Spotlight” where I will feature new pet books. If you are an author who writes any pet-related book either fiction or non-fiction and have an upcoming release, I would like to include your book in this section. All I need is a cover image of the book, some details about it, and a short bio about you, the author.

My other new column will be “Purrfect Picks” where I will accept reviews of new pet titles by authors and/or readers. I just need a brief review along with a paw rating (1 to 5 paws), 5 paws being the highest rating. I will also be contributing to this column, so if you would like your book reviewed, please let me know. I’m a busy kitty, but I will try to fit in what I can. No need to send me review copies (unless they are paperback) because my paws have trouble with e-Readers. Luckily, I live in the library and usually can get my paws on hard copies.

I’m also still interviewing pet characters and sharing Feature Friday Films usually of cats doing cute things. If you have any other suggestions on what you’d like me to add to this blog, please submit a comment or email my author at debbiewriter@yahoo.com.

 

 

Sneaky’s Review of Oliver: The Cat Who Saved Christmas by

oliverbookcat I am twitching my tail in excitement to share a special book with you, my very fur-st review and one that you will find purr-fect for the holidays.

This charming tale, told by a cat to a kitten about his life and how he came to be “The Cat Who Saved Christmas,” is purrfect for all ages.

When Oliver, the local pub cat, loses his home in a fire, he is befriended by two couples who take him in and share his care until his owner returns from London where he is temporarily staying with his sister who has cat allergies. To repay the people who shelter him and because he becomes aware of how profoundly the pub’s loss affected the entire village, Oliver sets out to make things right.

Although he has many setbacks including being chased off the large property of the rich man in town whose young, ill daughter looks forward to his secret visits, Oliver manages to bring the joy of the holidays to all.

I found this to be a sweet and heartwarming story that was so comforting it made me knead my blankets.

I highly recommend it and give it 5 purrs. pawprint pawprint pawprint pawprint pawprint