Title: WidgetWidget
Author: Lyn Rossiter McFarland
Illustrator: Jim McFarland
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: Read Aloud
Star Rating: ★★★★★

Okay. So, the moment I saw this I knew it would be pretty much the adorablest thing that has ever happened. And I was right.

The story starts as Widget, who appears to be a Scotch Terrier, wanders cold and lonely through the night. He spots a house at the end of the road that has a door just his size! Peeking in, he sees six cats and six cat beds and six bowls filled with nice warm cat food. Mrs. Diggs, the cats owner, says that she would like to keep him, but that the girls just can’t stand dogs. So…

The cats meow. Widget meows back. The cats arch their backs and puff their fur – Widget arches and puffs, too. Finally he confuses them so much that they decide to just accept him.

Widget fits right in with the cats – he chases mice with them, and even tries his paws at climbing trees. Sometimes he almost forgets he’s a dog! But the final moment of acceptance comes when Mrs. Diggs trips on a toy and falls down. The girls and Widget rush outside to get help, but no one pays attention to a couple of yowling cats! And so Widget does something drastic – he barks! The girls are shocked…. But then they start barking for help too! In the end, Mrs. Diggs is saved and Widget is accepted as a dog amongst the cats.

Conclusion. Seriously, seriously adorable.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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