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Reviewed by Lois J Wickstrom for Readers' Favorite
Just Nuisance, the Sea-Dog, written and illustrated by Patricia Furstenberg, is an introduction to South Africa’s only sea dog that became a Royal Navy Seaman. His name was Just Nuisance because once when he was following a human sailor around on the ship’s deck, the sailor said, “You’re just a nuisance.” Sailors loved him and took him everywhere. Just Nuisance traveled by plane and train as well as by boat. The Railway Master wanted him to pay but sailors rode free. So, Just Nuisance signed enlistment papers and joined the Royal Navy. If you want to learn more about Just Nuisance, Patricia Furstenberg has written another book called Joyful Trouble. This book is an introduction. The meat of this book is a short history of how sailors got the courage to travel from Europe around Africa to India to bring spices for cooking and medicines back to Europe.
Patricia Furstenberg clearly admires Just Nuisance, the boat-loving Great Dane born in South Africa. Not only has she written two books about him, but she has also penned a loose rhyme for this one. Dog lovers will appreciate learning about a dog who won the hearts of an entire crew of sailors. Cooks will appreciate the courage of sailors who opened the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope to bring their spices faster than camels crossing the desert. The first sailor to accomplish this feat called it the Cape of Storms. He didn’t make it to India because of the weather. Patricia Furstenberg’s drawings in Just Nuisance, the Sea-Dog are sweet illustrations of a huge Great Dane who loves sailors as well as boats.