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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Bruiser loves to play, especially at the park. He loves running with kangaroos, but they jump and move too fast. He also loves trying to fly with the galahs, but he really can’t fly since he doesn’t have any wings. When he finds the pond, he wants to play with the frog, but jumping into the water just makes him wet and miserable as he realizes he’s not a good swimmer. The best part is when he meets his doggy friends and they have a great time running around the park together.
Diana Smith’s picture book story, Bruiser's G’ day At the Park, is a fun romp with a very playful, friendly dog. The story is set in Australia and, as Bruiser has his fun time, the young reader meets some of the Australian animals, like kangaroos, galahs, and koalas. The story is told in rhyming verse and the illustrations are superb. I particularly like the images of Bruiser, especially on the cover, as the joy on the dog’s face is quite evident. The plot develops through Bruiser’s adventures during his day in the park. The young reader will enjoy meeting the different animals and they will laugh at some of Bruiser’s antics as the dog tries to copy the kangaroos, the galahs, and even the frog. The language is simple to encourage the young reader to learn to read the story themselves and with the rhyming verse, it has a playful ring to it that suits this charming dog story. Loved it.