The Fairy Dogmother by Caroline Crowe, illustrated by Richard Merritt. Tiger Tales, 2021. 9781680102314
Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? A little dog named Cinders, who lives at Woofington’s Dog Rescue Center, is surprised by visit from his Fairy Dogmother, Priscilla Paws. Priscilla has arrived to grant Cinders one wish for happiness, but Cinders is already happy: “I have a cozy bed and food to eat. Many friends and holes to dig.” Cinders decides to ask his friends what he should wish for and their suggestions include sausages, a bone, longer legs, a ball, and a trip to outer space. Then Old Wally suggests that what they all want is a home with a real owner. Cinders makes a wish for all of his friends to find perfect homes and with a wave of Priscilla’s wand, they do. Cinders is now alone with his Fairy Dogmother until a little boy across town asks his fairy godmother for a new best friend and Cinders gets a home. The bold and colorful illustrations are filled with a variety of dog breeds from little brown and white Cinders to the flamboyantly pink poodle, Priscilla Paws. This is a wonderful choice for readers who love dogs and those that enjoy twists on classic fairytales.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Hand this to reader who love dogs and fairytales.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: August 5, 2021