Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog

Children - Concept
30 Pages
Reviewed on 11/17/2020
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Author Biography

Children’s book author Michelle Lander Feinberg has an unlikely work colleague. When she sits at her desk to write her stories, her dog runs in to join her as if he believes that he provides inspiration for Michelle to write her uplifting Cooper the Dog picture book series.
For the Cooper the Dog series, Michelle’s inspiration, in fact, initially came from her old dog, Charlie, a wonderful mutt who most certainly did not think he was a dog; hence the title of Michelle’s debut book in the series, Please Don’t Tell Cooper He’s a Dog.
Michelle believes that a great children’s story is one that is entertaining and humorous but that also has a subtle lesson. She hopes her young readers come away from her second book, Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit, learning the importance of friendship and that friends should celebrate their differences.
As a lifelong animal advocate, Michelle is a strong supporter of animal welfare organizations and does her best to spread the word of the importance of adopting pets from animal shelters and rescue groups.
When she isn’t writing funny and heartwarming stories with positive messages for children, Michelle enjoys spending quality time with her husband and five children, traveling, reading, painting, practicing yoga, and playing golf. She lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband, Andrew, their children, and their pets—rescue dog Cooper, and Gus the mouse.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog is a children’s animal picture book written by Michelle Lander Feinberg and illustrated by Anna Mosca. Cooper was definitely their dog; from the moment they set eyes upon him at the animal shelter, they knew he was going to be a part of their family. Or maybe he decided that they were his family? In any event, out the door the family flew, following their newest member. Cooper wasn’t big on doing doggie tricks, however, or being in any way a dog. He enjoyed sitting on the couch with his family and eating at the dinner table, just like any other member of the family. And he was as gentle, loving, and cheerful as anyone could ever ask for -- just don’t call him a dog.

Michelle Lander Feinberg’s Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog eloquently states what I’ve long believed -- dogs are angelic companions who grace us with their presence, their unconditional love, and steadfast optimism. Calling them dogs somehow just doesn’t cover what having a canine companion in one’s family truly means. I was enchanted by this story of Cooper, whose lovely smile, kind eyes, and exuberance shine through on every page of this marvelous story. Anna Mosca’s amazing watercolors capture Cooper’s spirit in every panel, and each one made me smile.

I can’t think of a better book to share with children who have canine companions in their family or will be visiting a shelter in the near future to adopt a new family member. It captures the fact that each dog is unique and special, and not to be labeled or expected to perform in a set or predictable way, just like their human companions. A grand selection for storytime, Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog is also written at a level that will enable young readers to enjoy reading it on their own. It’s most highly recommended.