Posted in Book Review, Childrens Books

4#Review- Truman the Dog – My Furry Foster Family – Debbi Michiko Florence – Illustrator Melanie Demmer #childrensbooks #animals #rescue #dogs @DebbiMichiko @melaniedemmer

“T” is for Truman, tricks, and TROUBLE! Truman the black lab might be an older rescue dog, but he’s still got enough mischief beneath his collar to keep eight-year-old Kaita Takano and her animal-fostering family on their toes from morning till night. Chewed through and through, the playfully illustrated, Kaita-narrated chapter book promises plenty of canine fun.

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I received a copy of this book from Capstone via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

There are lots of good things about this children’s story aimed at the five to seven age group. The story is well-paced, easy to understand and written in a fun, upbeat way. The illustrations are colourful and lovely, and they complement the text perfectly.

This book features the Takano family and their experiences, as they foster older rescue dog Truman. Told from Kaita, the daughter’s point of view, this story contains accurate descriptions of fostering a large dog both good and not so good, and manages to portray the dos and don’ts of fostering rescue animals, in an easily understandable and non-judgmental way.

This is more a diary of experiences than a story, but it is entertaining to read and does put the messages across well. It is also worth noting that the advanced reader copy I read is written in English (US), which does raise differences in spellings of keywords for the UK readers. Not a problem for adults, but may engender some confusion in young readers?

I like the sections at the back of the book, a glossary of terms, some questions to think about in relation to the story, and some activities. There is also a feature on the young girl and family who inspired the story, which is interesting.

This is part of a series of books on fostering animals, which will make educational and entertaining reading for the age group intended.

Author Bio:

Debbi Michiko Florence writes books for children in her writing studio, The Word Nest. She is an animal lover with a degree in Zoology and has worked at a pet store, the Humane Society, a raptor rehabilitation center, and a zoo. She is the author of two chapter-book series: Jasmine Toguchi (FSG) and Dorothy & Toto (Picture Window Books). A third-generation Japanese American and a native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, a rescue dog, a bunny, and two ducks.

Illustrator Bio:

Melanie is an American artist born and raised in Plymouth, Michigan. She has been drawing since she was a little girl. Back then, her favorite canvas was pavement and her go to medium was sidewalk chalk. Nowadays, Melanie likes to create artwork digitally but also enjoys using watercolor, markers, colored pencils, and acrylic paint. Oh, and sometimes a pinch of glitter too! Melanie is a 2013 graduate of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan where she earned a BFA in Illustration. The Michigan-native has since relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in illustration and design.

Posted in My Dogs

We’ve Had Oby A Year – In Pictures. – Honorary 7th Birthday :-)

Oby’s 7th Birthday 27 August 2014

We adopted Oby our lovely German Shepherd/Border Collie a year ago today and as you can see he is a beautiful dog.

If you want to read about how we got Oby, check out my daughter’s post on Seek My Scribbles.

Oby was six when we got him but we didn’t know the exact date of his birthday  so we decided on 27 August, which was the day he came into our lives.

Here’s Oby’s first year with us in pictures :

Oby August 27 2013 - His first day with us.
Oby August 27 2013 – His first day with us.

Early Morning Walk Spring Bank Holiday May 2014

One of Oby's favourite places
One of Oby’s favourite places

Oby's Favourite Toy
Oby’s Favourite Toy


Oby  on Jazz's Birthday June 21 2014
Oby on Jazz’s Birthday
June 21 2014

Oby on the beach Northumberland July 2014
Oby on the beach Northumberland July 2014

Oby on the Beadnell Beach Northumberland 2014
Oby on the Beadnell Beach Northumberland 2014

Race you...
Race you…

Oby’s birthday was a great excuse for some new toys which Jazz was more than happy to share 🙂

Jazz shares Oby’s Birthday Toys

Oby seems to like birthdays?

Happy 7th Birthday Oby 27 August 2014