Sunday, November 13, 2011
This Little Puggie Went To Market
So, what am I doing reviewing children's books, and why are they all about pugs? The answer to that question can be found in the photos below. But first, my reviews:
Lauren L. Darr was only 6 years old when she rescued her first pug. Her love of pugs led her to re-write famous books with an incredibly cute and creative "puggy" twist. Inky, Sarge and Benji are her current pug rescues and the stars of her adaptations.
I have Little Red Riding Pug and The Three Little Pugs in my collection, and they are every bit as adorable as they sound. They are the re-tellings of the classic nursery rhyme stories with the lead characters being Lauren's pugs.
Any pug-loving family would thoroughly enjoy having these books.
Next is Chick 'n' Pug by Jennifer Sattler. The story of Chick 'n' Pug is very cute, but my favorite part of this book was the illustrations. They are off the charts precious and the illustrations capture the life of a pug and its pupal stage perfectly. The story is about a little chick who lives for adventure. His hero is a Wonder Pug. When Chick meets Pug, it is obvious to the reader that Pug enjoys napping much more than having adventures, but in Chick's eyes, Pug is every bit the hero. Want to take a guess as to who actually saves the day?
Last, but certainly not least, is my favorite of all:
Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino was my favorite of the pug books I have read so far. Unlovable has a beautiful message for kids about self image and inner beauty. Alfred is an adorable little pug who is teased by his siblings, a cat, a parrot, and a goldfish. He is made fun of by the neighborhood dogs for looking different, for not being a good runner and for having a mouth too small to hold a ball. Alfred believes he is completely unlovable. When Rex, the new dog, moves in next door, they are unable to see each other over the tall fence that separates their yards. Alfred tells a big fib about what kind of dog he is in hopes that Rex won't find him unlovable. But what happens when Rex and Alfred come face to face? I admit this story made me tear up, but it has an absolute happy ending and a wonderful lesson for both young and old alike.
Finally, my inspirations for reading children's books about pugs: