Written and Illustrated by Devra Robitaille
The first book in the “Muffy” series introduces a number of captivating characters. Muffy is just a puppy and the smallest of the litter on the farm. She often gets left behind. To amuse herself, she plays a sort of hopping game with a grasshopper and leads herself way beyond the parameters of her farm. Familiar with the concept of a road, she finds one and follows it. Eventually, she comes on a house with a number of dogs and very welcoming humans. She makes herself at home, but misses her farm and her sister. Through one of the other dogs, she meets a dog catcher who can talk to the animals.
This would be fun as a read aloud for younger kids. The characters are compelling and kids can help figure out how Muffy will find her true home. The illustrations of Muffy are beautiful and soothing enough for bedtime. For independent reading, the language and voice are a bit challenging so should be left to somewhat older kids.
Kids will love the characters and will identify with Muffy’s struggles to fit in. They will enjoy getting into the minds of the dogs, as the dog catcher does.
- Title: Muffy & the Dog Catcher
- Author/Illustrator: Devra Robitaille
- Published: The Hologram Library, 2016
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: E-book, 49 pages
- Grade Level: PreK to 3
- Genre: Chapter book, Animals, Family
- ASIN: B01IUFLQJA