Review: A Tale of Two Dogs

Posted on May 11, 2013

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tale-of-two-dogs_coverA Tale of Two Dogs
Written by Steven Kroll
Illustrated by Mike Reed
Amazon Children’s Books
January 2013
32 pages

This picture book gives new meaning to the saying, “there are no bad dogs, only bad people” – in this case Mom and Dad. Morgan was a cute little fluffy puppy when he was adopted by a family with three kids. But he developed some bad habits because no one in the family ever bothered to walk him, much less train him. They just expected him to be a good dog without ever teaching how to be a good dog. So, much to the heartbreak of the kids, Mom and Dad took Morgan back to pound to trade him in for a different puppy. There are so many things wrong with the premise of this story it’s hard to know where to begin. A tale about two dogs who met at obedience school would have been a lot more interesting. The colorful illustrations convey all the humor and angst of a life with a new puppy. Unfortunately the story does not. It sends totally the wrong message to kids about responsible dog ownership.

Copyright (c) 2013 by Peggy Tibbetts

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