Big H and Little h Dog

A Disability Awareness Inclusive Children's Book Full of Hope!

Children - Educational
35 Pages
Reviewed on 11/21/2020
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Author Biography

Victoria Smith is a children's author in the UK. Loves playing squash and laughing out loud. Dislikes mushrooms and mood hoovers.

Having worked in education for many years she began to create stories to share with her youngest child.....and the rest, as they say, is history!

Her debut book 'Big H and Little h Dog' was written to raise awareness about the deadly disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). 100% of profit from sales of this book will be donated to Harrison's Fund, a charity striving to get funds into the hands of the world's best researchers working hard to find a cure for DMD.

She looks forward to sharing her heart-warming and humorous stories with you over the coming years :-)

Follow Victoria @bongtreebooks on Instagram and Facebook.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Big H and Little h Dog, written by Victoria Smith and illustrated by Sketchy La Rue, is a children's inspirational book about a dog who wishes for nothing more than to be able to run and play. Little h is introduced in the middle of a dream where he imagines himself in several different scenarios that are not possible for him as a differently-abled dog. Little h has a form of muscular dystrophy where, as he ages, his muscles continue to get weaker, but he remains hopeful on his outings to a local park where he is content watching other dogs having fun. Fortunately, Little h has a champion in his human parent named Big H, and Big H is seriously and actively trying to find a way to literally get Little h back up and running. As Big H and Little h work diligently on fundraising and seeking out vets who may be able to help regardless of their location, the publicity around their plight grows and blossoms through the caring of strangers.

Victoria Smith writes an endearing and accessible tale as young readers are brought into the life of a differently-abled dog in Big H and Little h Dog. Aside from the awareness generated through a story that introduces children, many for the very first time, to diseases that result in muscle degeneration, Smith uses a strong foundation of hope and emphasizes the importance of perseverance...not just for those afflicted and their families, but all of the little future champions who may not even know someone who is afflicted but still will want to help. The illustrations created by Sketchy La Rue tie the whole package together by giving a cute and colorful depiction of the lives of Big H and Little h. The artwork is original and clean and the illustrations are perfectly suited in the context of a book about a scrappy little dog with a lot of pluck. I embraced this story in the same way that I imagine all others who read it will do too.

Vernita Naylor

Do you know what Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is? It is a debilitating disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and a loss of muscle mass. In the book, Big H and Little h Dog: A Disability Awareness Inclusive Children's Book Full of Hope! by Victoria Smith, the reader will experience hope, love, and education about this disabling disease. This beautifully illustrated children's book cleverly tells the story of a little boy, Harrison, who is living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, but through the life of Little h Dog. Little h Dog dreams of running rings around his owner and playing catch like the other dogs but he can't due to this disease. The owner, Big H, travels far and wide to give hope to Little h Dog. Just like Little h Dog, Harrison desires to live his life like a normal child. Will Big H succeed in giving Little h Dog help in fulfilling his dreams?

I love this book because it helps to educate the reader about the challenges of living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The love of a father for his son, Harrison, to have a normal life has no boundaries. On behalf of the Harrison Fund, the proceeds from the purchase of this book will go towards the research and cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This book is ideal because it reflects several purposes, from bringing awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to being a part of a worthy cause. Show your support and pick up your copy of this book today.

Lisa McCombs

It’s challenging enough growing up in the world and being an ordinary kid, but hoping for the chance to grow at all is horrifying. In the book, Big H and Little h Dog, Little h yearns to be like other dogs. He wants to jump and play, make friends with other dogs, and run rings around his owner. Little h is weak, though. His muscles will never get stronger. The only thing he does successfully is to play dead and that isn’t very exciting after a while. When he thought about chasing a ball in the park, his little legs tingled in hopeful anticipation. He imagined what it would feel like to carry the fuzzy tennis ball in his mouth. After searching far and wide for help, Big H gets a call from Super Vet, who may have the answers to helping Little h have the life he wants.

This is a story of hope and positive encouragement not only for young victims of Muscular Dystrophy. Written by Victoria Smith and narrated by Alex, the “real Big H”, and illustrated by Sketchy La Rue, one hundred percent of the profit earned from the sale of Big H and Little h Dog is donated to Smith’s Fund in a mission to “get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working hard to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”. Big H and Little h Dog will excite the young reader with plain language and fun illustrations. Perfect for any classroom, library, or storytime, the reader has an opportunity to acquire a companion coloring book upon sharing a review of Big H and Little h Dog.