Howdy, Grizzy, Luke and I are sorry to be away for a while. This thing called “life” sometimes gets busy. We are happy to let you know that the “Dodo” will be featuring “Grizzy’s Journey” very soon. They are putting the finishing touches on his video. We can’t wait and will share it hopefully this week. Also, I’m enclosing a coupon for Barnes & Nobel ending today for 10 percent off any purchase. It’s supposed to rain today, so perhaps a good book is in order. We have heard that “Me, My Dog and a Sheep” is a good one. 🙂 It is on the shelves at the Danbury, CT store. Finally, we have selected a new working title to follow “Me, My Dog and a Sheep” to be published hopefully before Christmas. It will feature Grizzy’s adjustment to coming home from the Rehab Center and his wonderful daily journey today with his brother Sozzi, sister Maggie, baby sister Eli, kitty cat, TiTi, fish friend Hulk and of course Luke his BFF. So happy Summer Saturday in July. Make it a good one.
"Don't be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams."- Unknown
Enjoy this 20% off coupon Love, Grizzy
I’m so excited that Me, My Dog and Sheep has been getting great reviews. As a first-time Indie author, I have learned a lot on this project. What started as a Facebook page to let my friends and family know about how our Grizzy was doing, turned into a pretty cool Children’s Book. Grizzy is doing his first private kids party this month, that begins with a reading, and Mr. Grizz gets lots of love from the children.
If you would like to get your copy of the book, here are 2 15% off coupons from Barnes & Nobel. Happy Sunday.
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Me, My Dog and a Sheep” by Melissa Mullamphy.]
4 out of 4 stars
Me, My Dog and a Sheep by Melissa Mullamphy is a story of hope, faith, and perseverance. In this book, the author shares her family’s real-life experiences with their dog, Grizzy. It is 52 pages long and belongs to the Children’s book genre.
The book begins with a four-month-old dog, Grizzy, being ignored by all customers at a pet store due to his age. One day, Luke’s father selected Grizzy and gave a two-year-old Luke his new best friend. A few years later, one day, when Grizzy could not stand, the family took him to a doctor and discovered that Grizzy needed surgery, after which, Grizzy was left paralyzed. The rest of the book describes the struggles of both Grizzy and the family, as they cope with the situation and do everything that they possibly can for Grizzy’s recovery, despite knowing that there are bleak chances of success. Will Grizzy be able to walk again? Will Grizzy and the Family’s tireless attempts prove to be successful? Will Luke be able to play with his best friend again? More importantly, how is a sheep relevant to the story? Read the book to find out!
The story is told from Luke’s perspective. Luke’s thoughts and feelings are expressed in a manner that would enable anyone, but specifically, children, to connect with him and hope for the best for him. Further, the author has included numerous pictures of the real dog and family (who the plot is based on) which made me extremely involved in their story. As a result, to be honest, I doubt any reader would be able to read through the book without hoping and praying for the best.
As I read through the book, I found it to be an emotional roller coaster. The first page included a real image of the dog, and I felt like I could see pain in his eyes. As an animal lover, that picture had a large impact on me. Towards the beginning of the book, the author described how “sad and abandoned” the dog felt when every customer walked by him and did not select him. At that point, I could almost feel the dog’s pain. As the plot moved ahead, it was inspiring to read how, despite every failed attempt, Grizzy and the family never gave up. They did everything they could, at every step. Without giving away any spoilers, I can mention that the end was also emotional.
In terms of language, I thought that the book was well written. The vocabulary and sentence structures were simple, and I found no word that, in my belief, a child would not understand. The book seems professionally edited and has been formatted well. There were large, full-page illustrations on every alternate page. The illustrations were simple but appropriate with regard to the text they represented. Overall, I thought that the book was very easy to understand and follow.
I have no major issues with the book. One thing that I did not expect was that all the pages had a blue background. It took me a little time to adjust to the background and its contrast with the black text. However, eventually, I got used to it and it did not bother me much. However, this is not a major issue, and many readers might like the blue background.
I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I thought that it was well written and had an important message for children – not to give up. After finishing the book, I felt good about having read it. To me, that is a definite sign of a great book. While I would definitely recommend the book for children, I would also recommend it for animal lovers of any age group. If you love animals, this is a book that you will not regret picking up!
Me, My Dog and a Sheep