Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Middle Graders are Sure to Love Zelda the Pug and Her Latest Adventures

The adventures of Zelda the Pug continue in this installment. Readers meet the newest member of the family, Peach, who is a Boston terrier. Zelda and Peach live with Lucy, Ben and their parents Nate and Hannah. There are sixteen brief chapters in this book for middle graders to read and enjoy.

This book will especially appeal to dog lovers and pet owners. Zelda’s stories are full of action, humor and cute pet antics. Everything young readers look for in a chapter book. The author has done a wonderful job of giving children the opportunity to see the world from the perspective of a dog.

There’s also valuable information within these stories. Introducing a new pet to the family can sometimes have its challenges and Zelda’s reluctance to share with Peach certainly demonstrates this.  I could see families reading this book together before considering getting another pet. There’s even an epilogue from the POV of Peach, which gives some insight into what it’s like to be a shelter dog and to finally be adopted by a loving family. I found this to be a sweet and touching addition to the book.  

This is a nice mix of easy reading, with plenty of challenging words thrown in as well. The author’s writing is certainly kid-friendly and fun. 

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton


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