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review 2017-03-22 18:50
Hell Hound by Ken Greenhall
Hell Hound - Grady Hendrix,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton

 

In the late 70's, I started reading horror in earnest, and I honestly thought I was familiar with most horror writers of the time. I was wrong. I'd never heard of Ken Greenhall until Valancourt Books brought him to my attention. Now, I want to get my hands on everything he's written.

 

Baxter, the bull terrier, is a sociopath. But he's just a dog, you might say! It's true, but he's observant, willful and extremely dangerous. With some portions of this book being from his point of view, the reader gets a clear look into what's going on in that doggie head of his. I know this book sounds cheesy, and perhaps like a rip-off of Cujo, but the facts are that it's not cheesy at all, and it was written before Cujo. Featuring keen insights into human behavior, precise but spare prose, and bringing to the reader a growing sense of dread and horror, I'm pretty sure this will be among the best books I will read this year.

 

My highest recommendation! You can get your copy here: Hell Hound

 

*Thanks to Valancourt Books for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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text 2017-03-21 17:35
I've read 50% of Hell Hound and...
Hell Hound - Grady Hendrix,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton

 

I'm torn between racing through to the end or slowing down to savor every word. I'm not sure how I missed Ken Greenhall back in the late 70's, since that's when I began to read horror in earnest. I only know that I will now try to track down everything he's written.

 

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review 2017-03-09 04:22
All You Need is Love!
Plenty of Love To Go Around - Emma Chichester Clark,Emma Chichester Clark

Plum is back with an all new adventure in Plenty of Love to go Around by Emma Chichester Clark!  Life is pretty great for Plum, also known as the Special One by her humans, Emma and Rupert.  She is even adored by the neighbor children, Sam and Gracie.  Until the day that Binky arrives....

Plum cannot believe her eyes!  Sam and Gracie are now the very proud owners of a CAT!  She is certain that no good can come out of this new addition.  Especially when Binky begins to follow her everywhere.

What is this poor pampered pooch to do?  Is it truly possible to be friends with a cat?  Is there really plenty of love to go around?

I was very excited to read the second installment in the Plum series and I was not disappointed.  Clark deals with the complicated emotion of jealousy from an animal's point of view.  I found this found this fresh perspective to be very entertaining as well as educational.

The illustrations are whimsical as well as adorable.  I love how Plum's eyes are so expressive!  I also love that the illustrations are hand drawn.  I feel that more and more drawing is becoming a lost art.

I greatly enjoyed following Plum on her journey through jealousy.  Children of all ages will fall in love with Plum and Binky.  This would be a great story to read before adopting a second pet or for parents who are expecting another child.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-08 03:04
Pug Power!
I Will Love You Anyway - Mick Inkpen,Chloe Inkpen

I Will Love You Anyway by Mick Inkpen introduces the reader to an adorable sweatband-wearing pug.  This portly pooch cannot seem to behave.  He digs on the sofa, makes messes on the stairs and even steals socks!

His family tries to teach him manners.  But instead of being a good student, the pug runs away.  He continues his bad behavior by rolling in poo and even chasing cars!  Will this devilish dog be able to change his ways before it's too late?

I fell in love with the bug-eyed pug from the moment I saw the cover of the book.  Chole Inkpen's illustrations are adorable as well as emotionally captivating.  His expressions will put readers through a full range of emotions.  I almost grabbed a tissue several time while reading.

While I greatly enjoyed reading Mick Inkpen's debut title, I found the alternating rhyming scheme to be a bit complicated.  Some of the pages were in perfect rhyme while others were in slant rhyme.  This makes reading the story out loud somewhat challenging.  Not everyone can be Dr. Seuss.

I also have to admit that I really struggled with the ending.  Why would the pug continue to run away from the family that he so desperately loves?  Why has the family not considered enrolling the mischievous pup in obedience classes?  I feel that the story might send mixed signals to very young children.  They may end up thinking that they can continue to disobey their parents over and over again without any repercussions because they will still remain loved.

Overall, this book is a great read for children and animal lovers of all ages.  Being a fur mom to five rescue dogs and two cats, I can definitely relate to the theme of the story. You might even feel the urge to purchase sweatbands for your own fur babies.

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review 2017-03-06 03:50
Paws Up for Fuddles and Puddles!
Fuddles and Puddles - Frans Vischer,Frans Vischer

Prepare for adventures of the furry kind in Fuddles and Puddles by Frans Vischer.  Fuddles is a very fat  and spoiled cat.  He spends his days eating, sleeping and basking in the love of his family.  All of that changes when his family adopts a rambunctious puppy.

The family names the pup Puddles and he is completely enamored with Fuddles.  He follows Fuddles everywhere...including the litter box!  The poor stalked kitty can only get a break when the two are let outside to play.  

One day, Puddles takes things too far by eating Fuddles's food.  Fuddles decides to lay down the law.  Puddles soon learns to give Fuddles his space.  But what happens when the friend Fuddles didn't want becomes the friend that he desperately needs?

I simply adored this story from start to finish!  Being the proud fur mom to five dogs and two cats, I can definitely relate to the tensions that develop when a new pet is brought home.  The illustrations are gorgeously adorable.  I was quite surprised to see a two page spread illustration.  Vischer was able to beautifully convey an emotional scene through stunning illustrations.

I highly recommend this book to readers and animal lovers of all ages.  Anyone who has ever owned or fostered multiple pets will totally be able to relate to this fantastic tale.  The characters of Fuddles and Puddles are sure to enchant and delight both young and old. 

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