Sunday, 26 February 2012

Lenore the Hungriest Dog in the World by Jon Katz (Children's, 7 years +)

 *nom, nom, nomity, nom, tasty tulips!* (This is what I think Lenore is saying on the cover)

January 2012, Red Fox
152 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: farm life, intelligent bull, mischievous goats, loyal and patient dogs, super friendly dog, being a volunteer at a hospice, struggling a little with a hectic life, mild peril, lots of hmour and a few tissues needed.
 Life for Jon and the animals of Bedlam Farm is busier than ever, but from the moment Jon catches sight of Lenore, a very cute little Labrador puppy, he cannot resist. And it's not long before she has a home on the farm too!

She happily eats everything in sight - eggs, socks, and even chicken droppings! - and tries her hardest to make friends, but will Lenore's mischievous charm win everybody over?

Nayuleska's thoughts
I like how the reader learns the character of each animal and how they ended up with Jon. There's always emphasis on how hard it can be to have a pet. I would have liked Lenore to feature earlier in the story, and perhaps then work in the other animals biographies, but overall I give this 8/10.

Suggested reading
For a mischievous yet obedient pet, check out the tale of Norton, The Lovable Cat Who Travelled the World by Peter Gethers

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