Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Papp (My Moms Wedding) bases this story of a reluctant reader around the real-life use of therapy dogs that serve as a quiet and nonjudgmental audience for those working on becoming more confident readers. Madeline Finn isnt afraid to let people know that she doesnt like to readNot books. Not magazines. Not even the menu on the ice cream truckbut shes also ready to start earning star stickers from her teacher, instead of heart-shaped Keep Trying stickers. Papps sensitively drafted illustrations do an excellent job of capturing her heroines emotions. Frustrated as she tries to read at home, Madeline stares glumly at the books spread out before her, her hands shoved into her reddened cheeks as her mother looks on worriedly; later, reading to a fluffy white dog named Bonnie at the library, Madelines body language relaxes noticeably (Its fun to read when youre not afraid of making mistakes). Its a warm, encouraging story that suggests that perfection isnt necessary in order to achieve ones goals, and that help can be found in unexpected corners. Ages 48. (Oct.)