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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Dog Lovers' Hearts Will Melt When They Read These Wilson the Pug Books by Nancy Levine (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.



Are you a dog lover?  If so, you will definitely want to check out the cute series Wilson the Pug by Nancy Levine.  I was recently sent two book in the popular series -- "Homer for the Holidays" and "Letters to a Young Pug" to enjoy with my family.  If you follow my blog, then you know we are huge dog loving families, and love rescuing dogs and giving them a forever home. And, my oldest daughter, Savannah can't get enough of dogs and cats and wants to be a vet when she gets older to make animals healthier and not be in pain.  She has a heart of gold and really does wear her heart on her sleeve, especially when it comes to animals. For her birthday this past July she ended up donating all her birthday money and money she had saved from allowances for the previous 6 months to a local animal shelter so that they could buy food and treats for the animals.  

I was so excited to receive these books in the mail, as I knew Savannah would want to snuggle up and read these cute books with me.  We both love pugs and as soon as she saw these two books, she let out a squeal before asking to see them.  Then, she quickly grabbed the two books and headed up to her room.  A few minutes later I went up to see what she was doing and she was having story time with all her pug plush toys.  It was cute to see her sitting in front of a line of pug pups in her room as she read from these books and showed them the photos of Wilson.  

What is so great about these Wilson the Pug books is that they help raise money for the Humane Society of the United states to stop puppy mills.  I don't know if you have ever seen a puppy mill in person.  Before having the girls my husband and visited the South and found ourselves at a flea market in Georgia.  It was over 100 degrees and there were a handful of people selling dogs for crazy prices.  The dogs were crowded in cages with no water or shade to keep them cool from the heat.  Many of the dogs were newborn pups, and all of them didn't look healthy. I felt so bad, and wished I could have rescued and saved all these puppies, even though i knew they wouldn't survive.  From that day on, I have looked for organizations and opportunities to donate to help stop puppy mills like the one I saw in GA, as well as those who raise awareness to help stop puppy mills.  That is what drew me to this pug book series.

Here is more about the two Wilson the Pug books by Nancy Levine, which I was recently sent, and had so much fun reading and admiring the cute pug photos with my daughters...





AuthorBy Nancy Levine, By Wilson the Pug 
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing 
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing 
Published4 July 2017 
FormatPaperback 
ISBN-139781510714434 
Dimensions7.00 x 6.00in. 
Illustrations55 color photos. 

About this book:


"Otto, the sage old pup who taught Wilson the ways of the Tao-te Ching, the ancient Chinese book of wisdom, is finally ready to rest his bones and retire to Boca Raton. Wilson is next in line to take his place as Master of the Taoist put lineage, but before he can assume his rightful position, he must train his own successor, the young pup Homer. Once Homer has learned the lessons of the Tao and earned his yin-yang badge, Wilson can take his place on Otto’s throne. 

Through funny letters and charming photographs, Wilson convers with his apprentice on the subtle wisdom of the Tao-te Ching. But unfortunately for Wilson, Homer’s not the easiest pupil to teach. He’s more interested in filling his stomach than feeding his mind. And he’d rather nap his way to wisdom. The young pug’s path to enlightenment is chock full of surprises, as Wilson is about to find out."




SubtitleThe Further Adventures of Wilson the Pug 
AuthorBy Nancy Levine, By Wilson the Pug 
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing 
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing 
Published3 October 2017 
FormatPaperback 
ISBN-139781510714427 
Pages104 
Dimensions7.00 x 6.00in. 
IllustrationsColor photographs. 

About this book:

"Wilson the Pug has taught his many admirers—canine and otherwise—some important life lessons. And he practices what he preaches. One crisp winter day while out searching for a good deed to do for the holidays, Wilson comes across a baby pug, lost and alone. Determined to do “the right thing,” as it is written in the Tao-te Ching, Wilson sets out to help his new buddy Homer, and together they embark on a quest to find the puppy a home. Their adventure takes them along comical and surprising paths, where they encounter many new friends as well as some unsavory characters who cause big trouble for the duo. Things start to look bleak for Homer until Santa Claus himself steps in to lend a hand. Homer just might get his wish after all . . . Captured in the same style of charming photography and endearing humor that so enchanted fans of The Tao of Pug, and Letters to a Young PugHomer for the Holidays is a heartwarming pug buddy story destined to become a holiday favorite of dog lovers of all ages for years to come."

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These are not your average coffee table dog picture books.  They are both actual stories told and featuring photos of Wilson and other pugs.  The stories are easy for even young listeners to sit and enjoy, and for adult pug and dog lovers to get in a quick read.  We were about to read these books in about a half hours time each, and that was with stopping to admire the cute pug photos that fill the pages of these two cute books.

My daughter really enjoyed these books, especially the "Homer for the Holidays" book which is perfect for this time of year.  If you are a dog lover or know someone who is, why not consider picking up these two Wilson the Pug books.  You will find yourself reaching for them time and again to get your pug cuteness fix, and to enjoy a quick heartwarming story of love and helping animals find a forever home.  My heart really melted when I read these two books, and I will definitely be on the look out for future Wilson the Pug books to pick up and share with my girls.

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About the Author:

Wilson the Pug is a direct descendant and lineage bearer of Pug-tzu—companion of the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu. The latter is widely credited with authoring the Tao Te Ching. Wilson lives in Berkeley, California, where he finds much tolerance for this Taoist canine American lifestyle.

Nancy Levine is a veteran dog photographer and former staff photographer for the Elmsford, New York, Humane Society. She has had extensive experience in theater and stand-up comedy and is a regular contributor to the Investigative Report, a cutting-edge parody newspaper in San Francisco. Her commentaries have been broadcast in the Bay Area on NPR affiliates, and her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. She is currently vice president of client services for an executive search firm and conducts corporate training workshops in the Bay Area. Originally from Scarsdale, New York, Levine now resides with Wilson in Berkeley, California.


Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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