Muffy & Valor: A True Story by Karl Beckstrand

The Synopsis:

After a painful injury, a little dog named Muffy learns empathy for a German shepherd that has been hit by a car. Illustrated dog book teaches compassion, friendship, courage, and trust (kids ages 4 – 7).

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


Gorgeously illustrated, Muffy & Valor is a sweet book that was written to help kids overcome a fear of dogs. This children’s book is also written in dyslexic-friendly font, so your youngsters can feel comfortable reading for themselves.

I loved the story, and the fact that the author drew his inspiration from his own dog’s experience with mean dogs, making the story more relatable to kids who have also experienced a dog attack.

The illustrations are beautiful, though they may be a little too disturbing for really young kids who are tender towards animals. They aren’t “graphic” by any means, but they do show the injuries of both dogs, a little red for the blood in the place of trauma,  and again with their stitches.

Overall, I was pleased with this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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