Review: The Good Dog
Ricky Lee finds a puppy abandoned in a box and takes it home. His parents agree to let him keep the puppy if it’s good, but it will have to go to the pound if it’s bad. Ricky names the dog Tako and both of them work hard to be good.
The Lee family opens a bakery to huge success. When Mr. Pritchard, a rival baker, notices he does everything he can to sabotage the Lee’s bakery – including sneaking bugs and mice into their bakery. Tako figures out what’s going on and runs away to stop Mr. Pritchard so it looks like Tako might have to go to the pound. The Lees figure things out, though, and eventually help all the dogs in the pound find homes.
THE GOOD DOG by Todd Kessler is a cute story about a boy and his dog. Ricky wanted a dog and found Tako at just the right time. Ricky and Tako love each other and want to do everything they can to stay together but when the Lee family is threatened Tako doesn’t worry about that and goes to the rescue.
I did have one quibble with the book, though, and that was when Ricky’s father said
The pound is where bad dogs go when nobody wants them anymore.
Of course, that’s rectified in the end when everyone wants a “bad” dog like Tako but I still feel like that could have been worded differently. Jennifer Gray Olson‘s adorable illustrations go well with the story. Overall, I think THE GOOD DOG is a fun story for the 5 to 7 year old crowd.
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