Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Summer Reading Suggestion for Dog Lovers of All Ages -- Doug the Pug: A Working Dog's Tale (Review)

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

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I still can't believe that it is July already.  Boy, is summer going by fast.  Hopefully you are taking time to slow down and enjoy the summer months with your family.  My girls and I are enjoying our first summer off from homeschool, and have been busy catching up on books we have wanted to read, as well as new ones we have recently stumbled upon.  One book that was a recent hit with my girls, and also a favorite quick read of mine is "Doug the Pug" by Cate Archer.   Come on, look at the cover art of the cute pug above...how can you not want to pick this up to read it, and add it to your bookshelf? :-)

At only 64 pages, this juvenile fiction book is quick read for kids who are reading chapter books, or even adult dog lovers.  I was able to read this book in about 20 minutes, and loved it! Leave it to my girls to school me on social media celebrities including Doug the Pug. When I first stumbled upon this book on the IPG Books website, I thought it was a cute book.  I had no idea just how popular with cute pug was.  Don't believe me?  Google "Doug the Pug" or type it in Amazon and look at all the stuff available featuring this famous pug.  My oldest told me she follows Doug on Instagram, and was hoping to add some of the books she has seen online about him, to her library collection.  I guess I am not the cool up-to-date mom I thought I was. :-)

Once I got past knowing that my girls are more current than I am when it comes to online celebrities, I couldn't wait for them to read this book, which is filled with full color pictures of Doug the Pug, for readers to linger on each page to admire and go goo-goo over. :-)  Pugs are one of my oldest daughter's favorite breeds, so I knew that she would love to read the book.  But, once I learned she was in the know about this famous pug, I knew she would whip right through the book before passing it off to her sister to read.

Both of my girls really enjoyed this book, which gave a glimpse into the life of Doug the Pug, the therapy dog.  Not only does this book share all about Doug, but it also encourages readers to be happy with who they are and to accept their differences and recognize these differences are what make them unique and wonderful.  

I really liked how a glossary was a included at the bottom of each page, to help explain tricky words to readers.  This especially came in handy when my youngest was reading the book.  Usually she will stop and ask me what a word means, but thanks to the glossary, she was able to recognize the word and its meaning.  There is also a "Further Learning" section at the end of the book which will direct readers where to go to learn more about working animals and how to help them.

I could go on and on about how wonderful this book about Doug the Pug was. But, instead, why don't you pick up a copy of the book and read it for yourself, and share with your kids who love dogs.  You don't have to be a pug lover to appreciate this book about a therapy dogs and the benefits these working animals offer many people. Dogs always provide unconditional love and companion animal therapy dogs go above and beyond this, and really do deserve our support. And, the first step you can take to show your support it to pick up this book, as part of the proceeds go towards Pets As Therapy.


About this Book:

"Doug the Pug is a charming little baggy dog, living in the United Kingdom. Here, he shares tales of his busy life as a working dog. Doug works with children in schools, helping them feel secure and comforted while the children learn to read. His presence encourages children to see school as a positive environment, reinforces positive social behaviour and self-worth, and helps them develop empathy. This book is the story of Doug's work-what he does and thinks about during the day, and how he's helped the people that have needed him the most. Children seven to ten years age, children with cognitive, physical, emotional challenges, and parents, teachers, and learning support workers with an interest in animal assisted therapy will all find Doug's story entertaining and educational. [Subject: Animal-Assisted Therapy, Pug Dogs, Education]"

64 PAGES, 5.75 X 7.5
TRADE PAPER, $14.95 (US $14.95)
ISBN 9781910455159

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

1 comment :

  1. This sounds like a great book. My oldest granddaughter would enjoy reading it this summer.