Now a book that did not tickle my fancy, but did make me think “I know someone who would love it,” was The Ruffington Dog Show. Perhaps the main issue with things is that it has rhyming text. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with that, I just need to be in the mood for it. Especially if the rhymes are going in the “sweet” direction, which they do. And a few felt a bit forced, and I think a few include made up words. So, I go 50/50 on made up words. Again, it depends on my mood. However, if you like dogs, then this is for you.
A show poodle has a crush on a handsome schnauzer. And the two happen to be competing in a special dog show against each other. At the event, Oodle the Poodle is doing her thing. She’s dancing, spinning, and having a good ol’ time. And her wish comes true (she hopes the pup of her dreams notices her at the show), Bauzer notices her. But not because of her great tricks, but because gum is stuck to her paw!
The story by Hayley Rose is mostly cute, and the message of “sometimes you do not win but that is okay” is a good one. However, there is a little old fashioned attitude with the two dogs “winning a date” with each other (though they lost the competition) and their living happily ever after with lots of puppies in tow. Jungle Bright Studios created the computer looking art. Colorful and good for the young listener/reader, but not for everyone. As of April 2023 this book was available, but I did my reading online via a reader copy.