Monday, September 15, 2014

The Good Dog Book Review

I have a really amazing children's book to share with you called The Good Dog written by Todd Kessler and illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olson.

Join Tako on an adventure as he makes a brave choice and proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. 
When little Ricky Lee finds a puppy on the side of the road, he takes him home and names him Tako. Ricky's parents say that they will allow Tako to stay only if he is a good dog and follows the rules--or it's off to the pound he goes!  
Tako wants more than anything to be a good dog and stay with Ricky, but when greedy Mr. Prichard hatches a plan to put the Lee family's bakery out of business, Tako has to break the rules to protect his new family.  
Will he be able to spoil Mr. Prichard's plan and be a hero, or will he end up in the pound?
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This is actually a very good book because of the beautiful pictures that are illustrated throughout the book. Even if your child hasn't mastered reading quite yet, the pictures alone tell a story about Tako and Ricky Lee.

It is actually a teaching story also about what to do when approached to do something wrong versus doing the right thing. All children will probably get that message but then the story also has a moral for older children to show them that some people might disguise their bad intentions by offering something that they may want.

Lastly, for much older children, the story will also gets them to thinking about how to handle using your own judgment even if it means breaking some rules. All in all, it's a great book for all ages because there is something there for each age group.

This is what is considered a Picture Novel and here is the concept behind the book:
Philosophy behind the format:  
When Todd Kessler began Blue’s Clues, the prevailing “wisdom” was that children had short attention spans and would never sit still for a continuous half-hour narrative. Instead, he believed that kids would happily engage in a long-form television program if the story and characters were compelling enough to hold their attention. Blues Clues’ international success proved his theory.  
The Good Dog aims to apply the same concept to publishing for young children. The prevailing “wisdom” in that industry is that longer format books will not hold a young child’s attention. Once again Todd believes that we are underestimating the intelligence of our children and their thirst for richer, more challenging stories.
 About the Author:

Todd Kessler is the co-creator and show runner of the highly successful children’s television series “Blue’s Clues”. A signature of Todd’s work is that it has always been developed with the input of actual children (and sometimes dogs and cats too). His artistic and innovative creations have garnered him the prestigious Peabody Award, seven Emmy nominations, two Television Critics Association awards, five Parent’s Choice awards, first place in the children’s division of the Toronto International Film Festival, and a New York Film Festival Cine Golden Eagle. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

About the Illustrator:

Jennifer Gray Olson is a children’s book author and illustrator based in Southern California. Her love of creating entertaining characters and the worlds in which they live led her into illustrating. Her work is created through a combination of ink and watercolor. She lives in Corona, Ca with her husband, three children, two cats and one very good dog.

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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 


Helga said...

This looks like a wonderful children's story and as a dog lover I especially like it.