Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dingle: The Helpful Ice Cream Cone Delivery Dog

By: Audrey Kinsella

Illustrations by: Susan Anderson-Shorter

Published by: AuthorHouse 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4490-8362-5

Ages: 4 to 8

3 stars

Reviewed by: Stories for Children Magazine editor-in-chief, VS Grenier

Dingle is a dog who really wants to be more than an average pet. He wants to be special and help those he loves. However, Dingle is not sure how he can help. He knows there are dogs that help their human friends with everyday life, but his human doesn’t seem willing to have those who love her help. What is a dog to do?

Children will enjoy learning about helping others as Dingle sets out to help those he loves and in the process gets help from others, too. The colorful illustrations are fun and really show Dingle’s personality.

The only downside to the book, at least for my family, was the text being in two places on the page. My little one would read the talk bubbles and then the box of text on each page. She would then turn to me and asked why it said the same thing twice. I found this to be a distraction for beginning readers. Otherwise, the story is very cute and one children will enjoy.

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