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The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby

The Nine Lives of Jacob TibbsI love when an author transports a reader to another time and place—which is exactly the case with this tale, told from the perspective of a ship’s cat on the high seas in the 1800s.

Jacob Tibbs, the runt of the litter, is passed over as all of his brothers and sisters find new ship homes.  But luckily he’s inherited hunting skills and weather-sensing abilities from his mother. This makes him an important part of his ship’s crew. We see his sometimes wobbly existence as he navigates the path of growing up — all within the world of a life at sea complete with storms, a shipwreck, and even a mutiny.

The story is well-balanced and while there is no true villain, there is quite a range of characters and emotions. Kids of all ages will love the story of The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs. This will be a great addition to your library for anyone ready to go on an adventure to the high seas.

– Becky

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Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood

Here Comes Santa CatFollowing up on the successful Here Comes the Easter Cat, Underwood brings readers another witty Cat book.

Cat doesn’t think Santa will bring him a present this year because he has been naughty. He decides to dress up like Santa so he can give himself a present.

When Cat realizes all the things he has to do to be Santa, he changes his mind and decides, if it’s not too late, that he should try to be nice instead.

All of Cat’s attempts to do good deeds backfire.  Finally, he has to decide whether to share his favorite cat food with a kitten. Will Cat do the right thing and receive a present from Santa?

I read this book to my son several times. It’s one of his favorites.

– Tina

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Pinkerton, Behave! by Steven Kellogg

Pinkerton BehaveBeing the owner of a Great Dane is no walk in the park.  We’ve had our girl for the last 3 years and every day is both rewarding and frustrating.  She thinks she’s small and she’s so very clumsy, but has a heart of gold.  When I saw this revised and re-illustrated edition, I just had to pick it up.

 Right from the start, Pinkerton can’t seem to listen.  When he’s told to come when called, he jumps out a window.  When asked to fetch, he rips the slippers to shreds.  Fearing that at-home training isn’t going to work, they take Pinkerton to obedience school.

 While going through training, Pinkerton does exactly what he had done at home.  The teacher informs them that Pinkerton’s misbehavior sets a poor example and he needs to show improvement or be dismissed.  Eventually, he gets dismissed.

 That night, an intruder breaks into their home.  Does Pinkerton come to the rescue or will the intruder get away?

 I chuckled to myself throughout this book.  From start to finish, I envisioned my Great Dane and I can imagine that most, if not all, of these gentle giants are the same.  They have best of intentions but more often than not have a hard time translating what we want them to do.

  – Amanda

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Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Dog and BearThis is the story of Dog and Bear. In the first part of the book, Dog and Bear are in a costume shop looking for their Halloween costumes. Bear is in the dressing room trying on a costume, when all of a sudden he calls out to Dog to come and see what he is seeing.  Dog comes into the dressing room and he finds a surprise…

The story then moves to Halloween night. Dog and Bear are home and the doorbell rings. Dog goes and answers the door to find trick-or-treaters. The trick-or-treaters say “Trick or Treat” and Dog says “Treat.”

As the night goes on, Dog and Bear continue to receive trick-or-treaters. All of a sudden Bear realizes that Dog forgot something every time the trick-or-treaters came to their door…

Dog and Bear are now going to do some trick or treating of their own. As the night goes on, they make their way to their final stop and ring the doorbell. A ghost answers, and Dog and Bear say “Trick or Treat.”  Ghost says “no treats for you, you are not wearing costumes”. “Yes we are” state Dog and Bear. Everyone’s in for a surprise!

The ending of this book was very funny.  My daughter loves Halloween so we will definitely be adding this one to our family library.

– Jodi

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Bow-Wow’s Nightmare Neighbors by Mark Newgarden & Megan Montague Cash

Bow-Wow's Nightmare NeighborsThis is an interesting book. There are no words, just pictures. What I find intriguing is that by following the pictures the reader uses their imagination to create their own story.

Bow-Wow is sleeping on his soft comfy bed. All of a sudden he is awakened by a noise. In his house are 2 little white cats. One of them bites his tail. Bow-Wow does not know what has bitten his tail.   A third cat arrives. Two cats then proceed to steal his bed.

Bow-Wow comes upon a haunted house.  He begins exploring the house and see clues that his bed may be somewhere in house. As he stumbles upon the clues he finds out that they are not his bed. Throughout his exploration, he continues to get his tail bitten by cats.

Bow-Wow stumbles upon a burglar and when he shines his light on Bow-Wow his shadow cast a scary creature and the burglar leaves the house.

Bow-Wow is determined to find his bed and keeps searching the house.  The cats continue to bite his tail and play their shenanigans.

Bow-Wow finally finds his bed. He takes his bed and begins to leave the house. All of a sudden, a huge cat is lying on all the beds. Bow-Wow bites the tail of the big cat and he leaves the house by jumping out a window.

He bites on to a tree branch. It begins to rain and lighting hits the house. All of the cats escape and are on the tree that Bow-Wow is hanging on to. With all of the weight of cats, Bow-Wow’s branch breaks. He is rescued by the big cat and taken home.

Does he get his bed or has something ghastly gone wrong?

– Jodi

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Dream Dog by Lou Berger & David Catrow

dream dogHarry’s father, due to working in a pepper factory, had a very twitchy and sensitive nose.  His family couldn’t have a dog because it made him sneeze.  In an attempt to make Harry happy, his dad brought home a lizard.  Harry tried to love it, but it just wasn’t a dog and gave it to his friend.

One day, Harry had an idea.  He put on his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet to create a dog with his brain.  As he hummed, the dog of his dreams appeared.  Finally, Harry had his best friend!  Harry and Waffles did everything together, from running to playing hide-and-seek.

Harry’s world was about to change forever.  His father sneezed during an important meeting at work, but it was no ordinary sneeze.  Pencils, coffee cups, donuts, paper clips and even his boss in his swivel chair were blown around the room.  Harry’s father was asked to leave the factory forever.

His father, a week later, found another job.  Working at the local Ping-Pong ball warehouse made all the difference to Harry’s dad’s nose.  On Harry’s birthday, his father brought him home a big surprise.

A real dog!  Now Harry has 2 dogs!  What happens now?  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

The illustrations are colorful – in most aspects of the word.  Coupled with the text, this book is a must read for children.  It will make you and your child smile and giggle.

– Amanda

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Lucky Dog: Twelve Tales of Rescued Dogs

lucky dogLucky Dog from Scholastic is a heartwarming collection of sweet, fun and silly stories about the playful pups from the Pawley Rescue Center and the kids who fall in love with them.  Some of the stories are told from the canine’s perspective while others are told from the kid’s point of view.

With contributions from Randi Barrow, Marlane Kennedy, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Kirby Larson, C. Alexander London, Leslie Margolis, Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines-Stephens, Ellen Miles, Michael Northrop, Teddy Slater, Tui T. Sutherland, and Allan Woodrow, this fast-paced read is a great way to introduce stories of rescued dogs and the people who love them.

One of my favorite stories is about a Chihuahua named Pumpkin that falls in love with a little girl who has an eye patch named Rosa.  The opening story of a boy named Troy, who was trying to be brave while his father is deployed, is an uplifting tale as well.  There is also a great story about a Pomeranian, Foxtrot, that can’t be without its bear.  Lastly, the story of twin girls who compete between a bike and a puppy for their birthday – until one of the twins meets Tigger – warms the reader’s heart.

All proceeds from this item go to the organization RedRover. RedRover strives to bring animals from crisis to care.  I would add this to my collection today as a great way for kids to be introduced to rescuing animals.


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Yukon Sled Dog by Judith Janda Presnall

yukon sled dogYukon is the only female in her litter, she and her brothers are being trained by Roberta to be racing sled dogs.  The book gives a child information about training a puppy to become a sled dog.  Yukon runs, trains with older dogs, practices with a harness and eventually pulls a sled.

This book is told in a simple way young children will enjoy; with the age range from 3-8. I know my 7 year old would like the author’s notes that give more detail on sled dogs.  However, he probably would not like the lack of a story-line.  The illustrations are basic yet colorful and fun.  Kids will love to learn the sled dog commands… Hike, Whoa, Gee, Haw and On by.  Maybe your family dog can be taught a few!

If you have a young child that loves dogs, this would be a great book to pick up at the library.


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