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A Fun Book for Kids: TWO FRIENDS, ONE DOG, AND A VERY UNUSUAL WEEK Book Review

Take Pippi Longstocking’s joie de vivre, blend it with a 21st-century urban setting, toss in a dog named Otto for good measure and what do you get? This joyfully carefree story is about two unlikely friends.


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the TWO FRIENDS, ONE DOG, AND A VERY UNUSUAL WEEK by Sarah L. Thomson & Vin Vogel Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!





About The Book:

Title: TWO FRIENDS, ONE DOG, AND A VERY UNUSUAL WEEK

Author: Sarah L. Thomson & Vin Vogel (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: April 18, 2023

Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 240


Take Pippi Longstocking’s joie de vivre, blend it with a 21st-century urban setting, toss in a dog named Otto for good measure and what do you get? This joyfully carefree story is about two unlikely friends. It’s a pair of silver sequined sneakers that unexpectedly flips Emily’s comfortable, predictable world upside down. Or, more precisely, it’s the girl wearing them. The shoes belong to Rani, who moves into Emily’s apartment building—and her life—with absolutely no one but her dog Otto. (Her research scientist mother is away in Patagonia.) And that’s only the first rule that Emily watches Rani break without hesitation. But it’s not just that Rani breaks rules. Most of the time, she doesn’t seem to know the rules exist. Why can’t she bungee jump off their building? Or bring an ice cream truck to school? For steady and orderly Emily, Rani’s approach to life feels impossible . . . and more than a little irresistible. But is there a place for her in Rani’s world? And should she find a way to make space for Rani in her own? A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.

 

I give TWO FRIENDS, ONE DOG, AND A VERY UNUSUAL WEEK ⭐⭐⭐⭐!


This is such a cute book and I love the characters, which make this book so special. Emily is sweet and I think many children her age will be able to identify with her. Even the antagonist, Mrs. Pinkney is a fun character and represents all those helicopter parents that are in everyone's business.


Then there is Rani, who reminds me of Pippi Longstocking meets Peter Pan with her canine companion Otto. I love the puns and spins Rani does when speaking, you don't know if she telling the truth or kidding around. My favorite ones are the stories she tells of her and Otto in their travels. For example, she mentions how Orangatans, her, and Otto had tea, and when Emily asks if she's joking Rani replies, "Oh yes I'm joking, Orangatans don't like tea they drink coffee."


My only complaint about the book is that I wish it was in the first person. I think it would make it just a bit more lovable to actually get inside Emily's thoughts of Rani and their unusual week. Overall, this is a fun read and I can see it becoming a favorite for many young readers!


 

About Sarah L. Thomson:

Sarah L. Thomson has published more than thirty books for young readers, including prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction, picture books and novels. Sarah worked as a children’s book editor before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Portland, Maine. Learn more about her work at sarahlthomson.com.





About Vin Vogel:

Vin Vogel is an award-winning Brazilian author-illustrator and the creator of A Home for Leo and the Yeti picture book series. He has illustrated over fifty books for young readers. After living in New York City, he returned to his hometown of Rio, where he lives with two cats and a dog. Visit him at vinvogel.com.




Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of TWO FRIENDS, ONE DOG, AND A VERY UNUSUAL WEEK, US Only.

Ends June 13th, midnight EST.



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