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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.