Today’s team review is from Chris, she blogs here http://cphilippou123.wordpress.com
Chris has been reading Muffy & Valor: A True Story by Karl Beckstrand
Dog-friendly children’s fiction, about the importance of friendship and empathy, this short children’s book, in theory, ticks all the boxes.
The injured Muffy has become scared of interactions, but when another dog is hit by a car, Muffy finds the courage and empathy to help them through the tough times.
This was a very interesting concept of a book with cute photo-type illustrations, and a dyslexic-friendly font. There was a sweet story line with some lovely life lessons. And yet the story felt a little preachy, and I think the “true story” element derailed the writing into something less strong than it could have been.
(Nonfiction, dogs) After a painful injury, a little dog named Muffy learns empathy for a German shepherd that has been hit by a car. Illustrated dog book teaches compassion, friendship, courage, and trust (kids ages 4 – 7). 700 words in dyslexic-friendly font.
Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning and bestselling author of 18 multicultural titles and more than 50 e-books (reviews by Kirkus, The Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Beckstrand earned a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a certificate from Film A. Academy. Once a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley, Beckstrand’s early work was produced by two publishers (the first died the day they were to print his book!). Since 2004 he has guided Premio Publishing & Gozo Books. An engaging speaker and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, public policy, film, and broadcasting. He teaches media at a state college—including TV/radio scripts and Web content—and contrasts traditional publishing with digital book publishing.