The Good Dog {book review + giveaway}

At almost 16 months old, our son is becoming more of a little person and less of a baby with each passing day. Even so, he’s in what I’d call the “in-between” stage right now.

He’s in between wanting to be a baby and choosing independence.
Between understanding and being able to communicate with understandable words.
Between wanting to be carried and walking everywhere.
Between eating with a spoon and just using his hands instead.
Between walking and running.

One thing he’s not in between is with reading. I’ve mentioned it before but our son just loves to read. I’m not saying it to brag but he would much rather have a book while sitting in the stroller or car seat, instead of a toy. He’s a boy after momma’s book-loving heart.

We sat down to read “The Good Dog” and I truly didn’t have high expectations for him to sit still for the entire book. I also had to be extra careful with letting his little hands not touch the book pages because even though it’s a more simple to understand book, it isn’t a board book. Well, he didn’t make it through the entire book but the parts we did read through kept his attention. I’m going to call that a success.

“The Good Dog” is a story about a boy and a dog, whom he accidentally finds in a box by the side of the road one day. The boy names the dog Tako and is allowed to stay with the family as long as he’s a good dog and doesn’t ever leave the bakery by himself.

The book goes on to tell the story about how the boy’s family opens a new bakery in town. There is another bakery called Pritchard’s, which used to be the only bakery in town until the new one opened. Pritchard feels his bakery business is threatened by the new bakery and tries sabotaging them.

After succeeding with his sabotage attempts, one night he finally gets caught by Tako the dog. Tako chases Pritchard out of the bakery and ends up getting lost. He was a bad dog now because he left the bakery by himself and ends up in the dog pound.

Tako finally breaks out of the dog pound and ends up saving the Lee family that night, while their bakery collapses in ruins due to a final sabotage attempt by Pritchard. In the end, everyone realizes that Tako really is a good dog, even if he was bad for going outside by himself.

One of the things that really makes this book captivate our sons attention are the illustrations. They really do bring the book to life, and capture the meaning of each and every word from start to finish. I wish I could show you more pictures from the inside but just imagine every single page being just as rich and whimsical as the image below. Gorgeous, right?

I’m so glad to have “The Good Dog” in our ever-growing book collection. I know that in years to come as our son gets older, he will come to appreciate this book more and more.

To read more about the author, Todd Kessler (co-creator of the children’s television show “Blue’s Clues”) and illustrator, Jennifer Gray Olson, visit the book website here. “The Good Dog is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

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Disclosure: These books were kindly provided to me by Shelton Interactive for my honest review. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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