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Review: The Good Dog

October 29, 2016


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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Review copy provided by Coralstone Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2016 11:40 am

    It’s interesting that with all the reading we do, 1 sentence out of 1 book will still grab us – either in a good way or a bad way. I’m with you on this.

  2. October 29, 2016 11:43 am

    I agree, that statement is wrong, and sad. I believe there are no bad dogs, but there are bad owners/people.

  3. October 29, 2016 12:54 pm

    Ricky’s father’s words are very sad. Thanks for a good review!

  4. October 29, 2016 3:51 pm

    I think my son would have taken the puppy home too if he found it abandoned. My son is so sensitive to animals and would have adopted all the dogs if he could. Yeah, the phrasing of the “bad” going to pound was not good.

  5. October 29, 2016 4:13 pm

    I could see that being troubling to a child who is adopted. I may be reading to much into that, but knowing some adopted children, I think the “bad” label may be upsetting. I like the idea of the story, though and maybe bringing attention to getting an animal at a pound rather than breeder/pet store.

  6. Patty permalink
    October 29, 2016 5:51 pm

    I hate that line, too!

  7. October 31, 2016 2:10 am

    Yeah, that quote rubs me the wrong way too. Otherwise, this book sounds fantastic!

  8. October 31, 2016 9:10 am

    That is a very sad statement from a father to a child. That could have been worded very differently.

  9. bookingmama permalink
    November 1, 2016 6:52 am

    Awww…. that’s so sad about the pound. I don’t blame you for being upset about that! Otherwise, it sounds like a cute book.

  10. November 18, 2016 9:49 pm

    That’s no way to talk about pound dogs 😦

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