Monday, June 8, 2009

Dogs Move Too! Book Review

Moves don't just affect the grown-ups who make the big life changing decisions, they affect their children and the family dog, and it's not always easy for them to understand what's happening and how it will affect them.

Anthony and Julie Majewski have written a delightful little paperback book called Dogs Move Too! that explains in simple terms that moves don't have to be scary things. Only thing, it's not from the point of view of a child, it's from the point of view of a lovable adorable dog.

Max is a sweet childlike protagonist who will take you from the scary moment when his "daddy" loses his job to the happy ending when they arrive in the new town that holds "daddy's" new job. Max keeps track of the important things like where his toys are stashed to who he'll get to play with in the neighborhood while reminding his "parents" that he's sad to say goodbye to his neighborhood and his friends.

Dogs Move Too! Pros:
- Great book for going over the scary details of an impending move and for showing a child that there's really nothing to fear.
- Great way for prompting discussions about your family's move.
- Dogs Move Too! is raking in the book awards this year! (Runner-up award at the 2009 New York Book Festival and the San Francisco Book Festival in the children's category. Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Books Award in three categories - Animal/Pets, Best Cover Design Fiction, Best Overall Book Design Fiction)
- Accessible text and story for early readers.
- For every book purchased Anthony and Julie donate a portion of the proceeds to Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Dogs Move Too! Cons:
- Even though this looks like it would be a book for the younger set, it actually contains quite a bit of text making it a bit long for the 4 and under set. That said, if you read it ahead of time it would be quite easy to adapt the book for a younger audience.

If your family is considering a move in the near future invest in Dogs Move Too! a cute little book that might just be the thing to help make the transition smoother!

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