Title: Dog at the Door208691_SCH_AA_Dog_Door_0.tif
Author: Ben M. Baglio
Illustrator: Jenny Gregory
Pages: 145
Reading Level: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★

Animal Ark!

The Story.

Mandy and her family are used to dealing with all kinds of animals with different illnesses and complaints. But this is the first time that a heavily pregnant golden retriever has been dumped outside their door.

Even stranger is the fact that the dog has obviously been treated affectionately by its previous owner. If her owners loved her, why did they abandon her?

Discussion.

Mandy expresses complete disbelief that anyone could ever abandon a sweet, fluffy dog. While I agree that this particular situation was very strange, Mandy’s horror was a tad too naïve for me. It was interesting to see how Baglio managed to create a scenario in which the abandonment took place, yet the owner was still a “good guy”.

In the first four pages, Mandy is dressed up as a witch for Halloween. Later, Mandy says that a man looks like a wizard. Of course, he is not.

No language, no romance, and no relational difficulties.

Conclusion. Animal lovers would probably enjoy this installment which featured a more believable premise.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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