Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

It’s Only Stanley

By: Jon Agee

It’s Only Stanley

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Summary: Very strange noises that keep awakening the Wimbledon family one night have an even stranger source.

Rating: 3 ***

A clever story about a dog who does crazy things throughout the night and in the end it’s for an even crazier reason. Some of the things he does though don’t seem to add up.

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The Dog that Nino didn’t have

Written By: Edward Van De Vendel
Illustrated By: Anton Van Hertbruggen

The Dog that Nino didn’t have

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Summary: Nino has a wonderful time playing with his imaginary dog until he gets a real one, and although the new dog does not always behave as he expects, Nino is still content.

Rating: 3 ***

The story starts off as a little boy who is crying for help via an imaginary dog, but then when he gets a new dog that seems to solve his problem.

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Time for Bed, Fred!

By: Yasmeen Ismail

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Time for Bed, Fred!

Summary: A child has a very difficult time getting Fred, the dog, to bed.

Rating: 3 ***

A silly story about a dog who doesn’t want to go to sleep.

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Tuesday Tucks Me In

By: Luis Carlos Montalvan

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Tuesday Tucks Me In The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog

Summary:
Based on the New York Times bestseller, Until Tuesday, this full-color picture book filled with adorable photographs tells the story of the amazing service dog who helps former U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalván overcome his combat-related wounds.

Rating: 5 *****

What is most wonderful about this book is that it is autobiographical, so the love the author has for Tuesday is really evident on every page.

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Daisy Gets Lost

By: Chris Raschka

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Daisy Gets Lost

Summary:
A young dog experiences the fear of being lost and the joys of being found when she becomes separated from her owner.

Rating: 3 ***

This book is mostly pictures and the pictures, although adorable, need interpreting for younger kids.

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Seb and Hamish

By: Judy and Niki Daly

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Seb and Hamish

Summary:
Seb and Mama go to visit Mrs Kenny, but there’s a dog called Hamish at the house too.

Rating: 3 ***

A good story for kids who are afraid of dogs.

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Cat and Dog

By Michael Foreman

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Cat and Dog

Summary:
Dog takes care of a trio of kittens when their mother, Cat, gets trapped in a fisherman’s van while trying to find breakfast.

Rating: 4 ****

A story of friendship and helping.

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I’m My Own Dog

By: David Ezra Stein

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I’m My Own Dog

Summary:
A dog without a human companion fetches his own slippers and curls up at his own feet but cannot reach a certain itchy spot in the middle of his back, compelling him to leash a poor lonely human who will loyally offer a helpful scratch.

Rating: 3 ***

A funny role reversal where the dog takes on a human as a pet.

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A Good Home for Max

By Junzo Terada

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A Good Home for Max

Summary:
Tabi, the little mouse who lives in the general store and cares for the toys, wants his friend Max, the blue dog, to find a good home.

Rating: 5 *****

A sweet story about how a mouse cares about a special stuffed dog that no one else seems to love.

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Doggy Dog

By: Chris Raschka

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Doggy Dog

Summary:
Simple words and illustrations detail some of the things that Doggy Dog is not, including a cat, a lampshade, and a potato.

Rating: 4 ****

A silly book, though not as good as some of the others animals in the series.

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