Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Pocket Dog by Holly Webb and Sharon Renta (Children's, 7 years +, 10E/10E)

So cute!!!
September 2016, Scholastic, 160 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Summary from Scholastic
Why is Kitty picking on Bella? And how can a tiny dachshund pup help? Meet Kitty. She’s the bad girl of this story – but she’s not really bad. She’s feeling left out, and she doesn’t know what to do. Ever since a cool new girl joined the school, Kitty’s friends are ignoring her. Kitty’s never felt so jealous before. So she starts being horrible to her one remaining friend, Bella. But once Kitty starts being mean, she finds she can’t stop! Luckily, there’s one person she can talk to: her little dachshund puppy, Frank. He’s full of love. Can he show her that bullying isn’t the answer?

Nayu's thoughts 
This is a Holly webb book and thus as a fangirl I'm totally biased about it - you have been warned! While I never went as far as Kitty does in her meanness, I do understand how hard it was to watch her friends seemingly taken away by the new girl Erin. When you are used to life being one way and it goes another sometimes you rebel, like Kitty did. 

I really liked seeing how Kitty's mean streak played out, because she felt a lot of guilt when she was mean and there was that tiny bit of delight in making others unhappy. I think this is a realistic portrayal of bullies, why the do what they do. I think this is the only book where the bully has been the protagonist and not a secondary character. Despite her mean streak Kitty does have an amazing life, a good famly and a wonderful little dog who mostly doesn't mind her moods, until she isn't nice to him. 

In typical Holly fashion the end is a good one, definitely realistic in the way it made me cry when Kitty made up with those she'd hurt. I suspect Kitty will always struggle with jealousy, but hopefully her friends can help her get through it, as will Frankie the sausage dog who sounds hilarious and adorable in equal measure. 

Find out more on Holly's website.

Suggested read
There are loads more books by Holly including The Curious Kitten by Holly Webb (Children's, 7 years +, 10E/10E)

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