Katt vs. Dogg – James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

Katt vs. DoggKatt vs. Dogg by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: April 1st, 2019
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Recommended Age: 7+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Adventure, Animals, Humor


REVIEW:

You know, I didn’t expect to actually learn meaningful information about cats and dogs from this fiction book, but that’s my fault for underestimating a middle grade story as well as the great James Patterson himself. For example, I had no idea cats could climb up trees easily but had difficulty climbing down them. Continue reading

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Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time

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Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time by Steve Jenkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: 2016
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Memoir, Animals, Humor, Family, Veganism


BLURB:

In just two short years, Steve and Derek have cemented a place for themselves among the worlds most well-known and successful animal activists, accumulating hundreds of thousands of followers from all over the world. In 2014 Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Ontario, where they continue to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and abused farmed animals. Continue reading

My Boyfriend Is a Bear – Pamela Ribon

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My Boyfriend Is a Bear by Pamela Ribon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: Oni Press
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Adult, Romance, Humor, Animals


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Nora has bad luck with men. When she meets an (actual) bear on a hike in the Los Angeles hills, he turns out to be the best romantic partner she’s ever had! He’s considerate, he’s sweet, he takes care of her. But he’s a bear, and winning over her friends and family is difficult. Not to mention he has to hibernate all winter. Can true love conquer all? Continue reading

Black Wings Beating – Alex London

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Black Wings Beating by Alex London

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: September 25th, 2018
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, War, Animals, Adventure, LGBTQIA+


BLURB:

The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists. Brysen strives to be a great falconer–while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe. Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he’s long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother’s future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power. Continue reading

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths

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Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: April 10th, 2018
Publisher: First Second
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Humor, Adventure, Friendship, Animals


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Peter and Ernesto are sloths. Peter and Ernesto are friends. But Peter and Ernesto are nothing alike. Peter loves their tree and never wants to leave, while Ernesto loves the sky and wants to see it from every place on Earth. When Ernesto leaves to have a grand adventure, Peter stays behind and frets. The two friends grow even closer in separation, as Peter the homebody expands his horizons and Ernesto the wanderer learns the value of home. Continue reading

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

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Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: April 2018
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Disability, Animals, Adaptation, Friendship


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Rescue thought he’d grow up to be a Seeing Eye dog — it’s the family business, after all. When he gets the news that he’s better suited to being a service dog, he’s worried that he’s not up to the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she’d imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time. An endnote from the authors tells more about the training and extraordinary abilities of service dogs, particularly their real-life best friend and black lab, Rescue. Continue reading

I Am Still Alive – Kate Alice Marshall

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I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: July 24th, 2018
Publisher: Viking BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Survival, Action, Animals


BLURB:

After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.

Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.

After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined. Continue reading