children, dogs

Daniel the Miracle Beagle

Daniel the Miracle Beagle
Authors: Joe Dwyer & Douglas Levison
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Genre: Children / Dogs
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1381-7
Pages: 34
Price: $14.95

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Daniel survived the gas chamber, and soon became known as the miracle beagle. Adopted into the Dwyer’s loving home, he has been living the good life. But not all dogs are so fortunate, and many find themselves in shelters, eventually succumbing to the fate Daniel miraculously lived through.

Daniel the Miracle Beagle brings a message of hope and peace to everyone. Encouraging us to live each day to the fullest, love each other unconditionally, and believe in ourselves, he hopes to spread joy to the world. And his deepest wish is for no dogs anywhere to have to suffer the horrors of the gas chamber ever again.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, dogs

Noah and the Search Dogs

Noah and the Search Dogs
Author: Patricia Abrams
Publisher: The Peppertree Press
Genre: Children / Dogs
ISBN: 978-1-61493-031-0
Pages: 20
Price: $12.95

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Noah was adopted by the Abrams family on Valentine’s Day. He knew he wanted to be a search dog, so his new family encouraged him to go to school and learn all about his new job. In his training, Noah learned important skills in safety, obedience, and service.

Noah and the Search Dogs doesn’t actually show Noah at work.  Instead, it takes the life skills Noah learns in school and encourages kids through his actions. Great pictures of Noah in his training are included.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

adventure, cooking, dogs

Pipper’s Secret Ingredient

Pipper's Secret Ingredient
Author: Jane Murphy & Allison Fingerhuth
Illustrator: Neal Sharp
Publisher: Mutt Media
Genre: Adventure
ISBN: 978-0-615-38808-3
Pages: 145
Price: $16.95

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Pipper’s food blog is popular, and her readers expect her to dish up some tasty morsels. But Pipper is stumped, and doesn’t know what her next topic should be. When she meets with her friends, she stumbles on the idea of finding the “secret ingredient” to the best biscuit. They help her make arrangements, and off she goes on a trip around the world.

Unbeknownst to her, Bull Bogus of Bogus Biscuits has sent out a spy, hot on her tail. Bumbles follows diligently behind, leaving chaos in his wake. But Pipper has been warned about Bumbles, and she’s watching for him. Pipper meets some interesting characters and samples some wonderful food along the way. And when she finally discovers the secret ingredient, her friends agree. Her blog is a success, as is her newest enterprise.

Pipper’s Secret Ingredient blends adventure, friendship, and food in delightful proportions. Kids will enjoy Pipper’s travels, while cheering for her to outsmart Bumbles. And everyone will agree that the secret ingredient is perfect, and well worth the search. I highly recommend this entertaining adventure.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, dogs

Woffles – A Fishy Adventure

Woffles
By: James Curtis, Nick Curtis
Publisher: CowPat Publishing
Genre: Children / Dogs
ISGN: 978-0-9571058-0-5
Pages: 40
Price: £5.99

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Woffles, a black lab, lives in the countryside near Brick Farm Lakes trout fishery. Known well by teen authors and illustrators James and Nick Curtis, he is the inspiration for Woffles – A Fishy Adventure.

Not your everyday dog, Woffles has a best friend named Pip, loves to ride in cars, and keeps company with the sheep. He especially gets excited when fishermen bring their lunches to the lake, since he likes to snatch a sandwich or two. Woffles certainly knows how to live life to the fullest.

This unique book is a great memento of a nice day of fishing at Brick Farm Lakes. But even if you haven’t visited the fishery to meet Woffles, it’s an entertaining and fun read.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, dogs

The Great Puppy Rescue

The Great Puppy Rescue
Author: Jason Holder
Illustrator: Mike Sofka
Publisher: Kid America LLC
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-9856980-2-7
Pages: 32
Price: $12.95

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Agent Adams has just given Kid America an important mission. He and his friends, TJ and Lexi, must find Casper’s puppy mill and rescue the dogs. When a loud whimper alerts them to Casper’s hideout, they move into action.

Even the best superheros need super-tools, and Kid’s younger sister, Kat, has just what they need. Planning a bold, nighttime maneuver, they know Casper won’t stand a chance of stopping them. But will they be able to complete their mission?

The Great Puppy Rescue is the first volume of the new Kid America adventure series. When Casper is up to no good and Agent Adams needs help, Kid America is there to answer the call.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, dogs

Boomer Explores Annapolis


Author: Angelique Clarke
Illustrator: Jim Hunt
Publisher: Schiffer Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4008-6
Pages: 32
Price: $12.99

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Boomer the dog loves to explore. One day the front gate is left open, and he decides to explore his hometown, Annapolis. As his owner, Bridget, tries to track him down, Boomer dashes off to see the many interesting sights.

Boomer Explores Annapolis shows the reader this historic city in whimsical illustrations, as Boomer darts from place to place. Fun facts about the various locations Boomer visits are also included as side notes. If your family plans to visit Annapolis soon, kids will find this book helpful in locating landmarks during your vacation.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, dogs

Hurricane Dog


Author: Sharon Rasmussen Powell
Illustrator: Vian Oelfsun
Publisher: Hameray
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-60559-327-2
Pages: 12
Price: $3.95

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A hurricane blows through town, leaving the family home in ruins. Odie, the dog, is abandoned at the local shelter, when his family can no longer take care of him. But Odie wishes and dreams of a new home where he will be happy again.

Hurricane Dog is written at the first grade “G” level, and is meant for classroom use. Told in rhyme and illustrated in bright and cheery color, this cute story sends a positive message to kids reminding them to dream big, because dreams can come true.

Kids love animals – especially dogs – and the happy ending will make them smile. This book would make a charming addition to any classroom or school library.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, dogs

A New Name For Worthless: A Hero Is Born


Author & Illustrator: Rocky Shepheard
Publisher: Crescent Renewal Resource
Genre: Children / Dogs
ISBN: 9780984289745
Pages: 32
Price: $17.97

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A lonely dog huddles in his doghouse, chained and unable to move about. Labeled “Worthless” by his cruel owner, he wishes he could be free. He’s lucky to have friends who want to help him, and one stormy night, they make a daring escape. But will he ever know the joy of being a Best Friend to a special human?

Author and illustrator, Rocky Shepheard, believes that no dog should spend his whole life chained up outside. The organization he supports, Dogs Deserve Better, works to rescue and care for those dogs who are being neglected. In writing this book, Shepheard hopes that it will teach compassion and good pet caretaking to children and parents everywhere.

Although a simple story, A New Name For Worthless: A Hero Is Born sends a powerful message that no dog is really worthless. All dogs deserve a chance to live in a home with love and affection.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, dogs

Alphabet Woof!


Author: Sherrie A. Madia
Illustrator: Patrick Carlson
Publisher: MommyDaughter Productions
Genre: Children / Dogs
ISBN: 978-0-9826185-0-9
Pages: 28
Price: $18.00

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Aunt Mabel is visiting, and that can only mean one thing – mealtime will definitely be interesting! But who could know just what would happen? When Aunt Mabel’s magical alphabet soup lands on the floor, Moxy the dog laps it up, with surprising results. And when his wish comes true, Moxy certainly has a lot to say about it.

Alphabet Woof! is written in rhyme, with bright and vibrant illustrations of Moxy and his family. This funny story is full of laughs, and kids will enjoy seeing this lovable dog’s crazy rise to fame. But all good things tend to run their course, and Moxy’s story is no exception.

If dogs could really talk, they’d give a big cheer for Sherrie A. Madia, since a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the SPCA. If you’d like to see what Moxy has to say, visit this interview with the famous canine himself. And you can also check out these Pet Safety Tips, to keep your pets healthy and happy through the holidays. A wonderful read for all ages, Alphabet Woof! is highly recommended.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, dogs

Castle In the Mist


Author: Robert J. McCarty
Illustrator: Stella Mustanoja McCarty
Publisher: Barking Planet Productions
Genre: Children / Dogs
ISBN: 978-0-9786928-1-0
Pages: 112
Price $14.95

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Prince Ukko is a warrior and the leader of the Black Hawk tribes. He is disturbed by the peace declared by Bik and the Stone City warriors, after the Day of the Dogs. Now he wants to go to war, and he wants Bik’s help. But Bik isn’t interested in war anymore, and he turns down Prince Ukko’s request.

Determined to win Bik’s assistance, Prince Ukko comes up with a plan that will force Bik to comply. But Prince Ukko doesn’t realize Bik now has the dogs on his side, and the dogs have other ideas.

In this sequel to Planet of the Dogs, the dogs have yet another challenge in keeping peace on earth. The Stone City warriors have realized that war doesn’t solve anything, and they’re enjoying the peace they have with the people of Green Valley. But can the dogs stop Prince Ukko from threatening that peace?

Castle In the Mist continues the theme that it’s better to have peaceful relationships with our neighbors than it is to be constantly at war with them. Although Prince Ukko acts in a threatening manner to Bik, the dogs know that fighting back isn’t the answer, and they come up with an even better solution to this problem. Humans today could learn something from their wise counsel.

Reviewer: Alice Berger