I took one look at Unleashed and was smitten. How could I resist that cute cover? It’s like the dog is forcing his human companions into close quarters, because he knows what’s best for them. I envy a dog’s view of the world; everything is better with company, there is never a time when play isn’t appropriate, and there is nothing to bring contentment like a cuddle and a hug. If humans acted more like dogs, methinks the world would be a much happier place.
Now that the weather is finally improving, I have been taking the dogs to the park, either separately or together. Here are some pictures from a recent walk with Poppy. There isn’t much green yet, but there are hints of growing things everywhere. There are also dried up leaves from the fall everywhere, which are really, really fun to crunch along on.
Oh, dear, where to start? I loved this book! I received a surprise copy in the mail, and I was chomping at the bit to read it. I had posted previously about Ice Dogs, because I think the cover is so striking, but I was worried that something bad was going to happen to one of the animals. What if one of them died?? That would have ruined the reading experience for me. I am STILL traumatized by Where the Red Fern Grows, and I read it when I was, what, 13. While I can’t remember the death of every human character in A Game of Thrones, I still get upset over the death of Lady. Ugh! Reading stories with animals can be so trying for me!
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
I’m kind of scared to read Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson because I will be worried that something bad happens to the dogs, but I am fascinated by the premise. Long wait on this one!
Hits stores February 2014
Victoria Secord, a 14-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods, is entirely up to her. Author Terry Lynn Johnson is a musher herself and her crackling writing puts readers at the reins as Victoria and Chris experience setbacks, mistakes, and small triumphs in their wilderness adventure.
Yalu is a six week old puppy selected for a family who wants a Golden Retriever. Not only is she’s cute, fury, and brown, but has all the confidence she needs to be successful. The problem is that the family doesn’t select her, the only candidate sent in for the interview. Now she’s the dog nobody wants. Based on a true story, Yalu discovers how to stand out from the other dogs in her kennel and finds a forever home where she will become a family’s special princess.
Awww, this is a very cute chapter book that animals lovers are sure to enjoy. Yalu is a puppy, and all she wants is a forever home, where she will be treated like the princess she is. When all of her puppy tricks to captivate and enchant prospective owners fail to yield results, she is dejected. Persistence pays off, though, and soon Yalu has a family of her own!
Yalu and the Puppy Room is packed with colorful, endearing illustrations that supplement the text. As Yalu is rejected time and again, readers will begin to empathize with the little puppy. Why isn’t she ever good enough to be chosen over all of the other puppies? She is so cute! She has the pathetic, love me puppy-dog eyes down pat. Yet time and again, other puppies are picked over Yalu. There is a wonderful sense of suspense that builds to the end, because you start stressing with Yalu. I’d have picked her!
This book is based on the author’s own experiences, which made the read even better for me. The story is lovingly related, as a young couple comes to Yalu’s kennel and don’t find the new family member they are looking for, until, finally, Yalu is brought to the puppy room to strut her stuff. If you have a young reader on your Christmas shopping list, I think that this book would made a great present.