|Dog like Daisy|
Author: Tubb, Kristin O'Donnell
A poignant middle grade novel told from the humorous, thoughtful viewpoint of a rescued pit bull as she trains to be a service dog for an injured veteran and his family.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.90
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 190392
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 75167
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/17)
School Library Journal (03/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 Gr 4–7—Narrated by Daisy, a dog with a flower-shaped imprint around her eye, this heartwarming novel is about the rigorous training necessary to become an effective service dog. While Daisy is sensitive, loyal, and insightful, she discovers that these are not qualities that Colonel Victor needs for handling his post-traumatic stress disorder. She is selected to become a useful "tool" rather than a simple pet. When Daisy ultimately fails all of her service training tests, it seems that she is destined to return to the pound. However, she comes to realize that she has the potential to fulfill another equally indispensable job for a new family as a beloved companion. Tubb's frequent use of metaphors and similes throughout enables readers to comprehend a dog's point of view. Phrases such as "petting is a joy like sunshine" and "false enthusiasm tastes like salt water" and comparisons (e.g., "leashes" being described as an "indignity") are clever additions to the text and make this title accessible and appealing. Even "danger" has a specific "taste." Other animals in Daisy's world make strong impressions. Smaug, an elderly bearded dragon companion of the colonel's son, emerges with surprising understanding and awareness. Avid canine lovers will surely appreciate the intimate look at Daisy's yearning for purpose. The focus on the less common topic of service dogs should enlighten readers about the ways our four-legged companions function as more than just pets. VERDICT A poignant animal tale, and a strong addition to most collections.—Etta Anton, Yeshiva of Central Queens, NY - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2017 When Colonel Victor selects Daisy from the pound, it appears to be her lucky day. In 10 weeks, she will be a certified post-traumatic stress disorder therapy dog if she can pass the test. But perhaps the Awkward One in charge of training is right: Daisy may not be the best choice. Unknown to Victor, Daisy suffers her own version of PTSD. The feel-good story takes some twists. Victor’s disorder affects the whole family, especially his son, Micah. With the help of Micah’s bearded dragon, who imparts cryptic, Yoda-like wisdom, Daisy must find her proper role: is she a tool for Victor or a pet for Micah? Spanish phrases are woven into the novel, reinforcing the family’s Hispanic background. Daisy’s voice is strong, painting a world with canine synesthesia: happy days are yellow, untruths taste like turkey bacon. Unlikely coincidence brings the story to a surprising but emotionally satisfying end. With joint appeal to children of soldiers and dog-lovers, this is likely to find a broad audience. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.