Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: early chapter book
What did you like about the book? The characters are likable and the illustrations are charming in this sweet early chapter book. Ella and Caleb help their parents run a rescue center for homeless animals, which will make them the envy of animal-loving readers as they care for the puppies and kittens that find their way to the shelter. In this story, the family finds a puppy on their doorstep and fear he might not actually be abandoned. They decide to try to find his owner through some clever detective work. Meanwhile, some neighbors are trying to shut down the center because they feel it detracts from their neighborhood, and this is complicated by the fact that the neighbors’ daughter is Ella’s best friend. The chapters are short and action-filled. Animal lovers should love this series.
Anything you didn’t like about it? In real life, the controversy of an animal shelter in a residential neighborhood probably would have been addressed by the town zoning or select board before the shelter opened, but I do appreciate the author’s efforts to introduce some age-appropriate conflict into the story.
To whom would you recommend this book? Read Alikes? Recommend to early chapter book readers, and readers who enjoy the many other animal series such as The Puppy Place by Ellen Miles, The Pet Hotel by Kate Finch, and Pet Rescue Adventures by Holly Webb.
Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? With the early chapter books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA
Date of review: December 15, 2016