Titch the Itch by B.C.R Fegan

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

Synopsis:

Titch the Itch - CoverTitch is an itch who just wants to be wanted.

When Titch discovers that no one in his family wants him, he sets off on a journey to find someone-anyone- who would be willing to live with an itch. With every step he grows less hopeful. That is, until he meets an old friend.

Review:

This book had all the potential to be adorable, however I found it to be slightly odd.

There is nothing wrong with the book, and I was very fond the illustrations, I just failed to see a point in the story. At the end, even though we see Titch be the definition of a true friend to those around him, no one returns the gestures to him and he is still friendless at the end of the book.

The lesson that could be taken from the book, I suppose, would be to be a friend like Titch, however I don’t think children should be taught to “stick together no matter what” with a “friend” who isn’t interested in being a friend in return, that’s how hearts are broken, especially in schools. They need to be taught to be friendly to all, just not friends with all.

I have mixed emotions about the book, I liked it from one perspective, yet I really didn’t from another. So, I’m going to rate it 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it only if you disagree with my stance on the topic of a child’s friends.

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Muffy & Valor: A True Story by Karl Beckstrand

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

About the Book:

61yP26L27QL._SX260_Muffy is a little dog who loves people; but after a painful injury she is wary of other dogs. Valor is a lost German shepherd who gets hit by a car. When Muffy’s family brings Valor home to recover, no one is sure what Muff will do. This tender picture book teaches compassion, friendship, trust, and courage (kids ages 4 – 7 including any with a fear of dogs). Includes finding activity (count the different dogs). 700 English words in dyslexic-friendly font by award-winning children’s author Karl Beckstrand (Mini-mysteries for Minors [multicultural/bilingual series]), illustrated by Brandon Rodriguez.

Review:

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. It’s free on Kindle until October 26th! 

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