Book of the Week: Odd Dog

Book of the Week, Children's

Odd Dog by Claudia Boldt

Published: 2012 by NorthSouth

Reasons Why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Let me confess this: I absolutely, positutely adore weenie dogs. I’m just a tad bit obsessed with them.

With that said, the main character is an adorable weenie dog named Peanut.

Peanut is an individual. He marches to the beat of his own drummer.

He doesn’t like bones like most dogs, instead he prefers apples. And tending to his apply tree is what he loves to do most.

I love how this book shows, through Peanut, that worry is a useless emotion.

When Peanut worries, he worries that his chubby neighbor Milo is going to steal his prized apples.

When Peanut realized that the reddest, juiciest apple is ready to fall from the tree he devises many plans to keep this catastrophe from occurring.

Some of those plans include both shaking the tree vigorously and spraying it with a hose.

All of his plans fail. But that doesn’t mean he’s a failure.

I love how this book illustrates the importance of trying and never giving up. Peanut is a determined little dog!

Kids will admire Peanut and his determination.

There are many reasons why Peanut doesn’t want Milo to get his paws on his apple. But mainly it’s because Milo always gets everything.

Milo doesn’t look interested in Peanut’s apples.

When the apply finally falls, it does land in Milo’s yard. Right smack in Milo’s dog bowl!

Milo surprises Peanut. It’s amazing how they could be neighbors but barely know each other.

This book shows readers that we shouldn’t judge others.

After Milo gives Peanut the juicy apple back, the two become life long friends.

Peanut learns the importance of sharing, and that if you share it does not necessarily mean you have to give all of your favorite things away.

The writing was spectacular. It’s simple yet stong.

The story of Odd Dog is engaging and endearing, charming and sophisticated. Everything both children and adults look for in a great picture book.

The illustrations are warm and really brings the Peanut’s story to life.

I love how each page apples are always present and accounted for.

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