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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The little pup was not having a good adventure. She was in the Animal Shelter and all her puppy brothers and sisters had disappeared. Instead of being in a cozy house, the little pup was in a concrete run. A lot of noise made her dash to the front to see what was happening with lots of different types of dogs barking their heads off. At night she missed her puppy brothers and sisters. The next day when she woke up, it was an Open Day when lots of people came to adopt dogs. Though the little pup did not get picked up at that time, she finally got adopted by a family with a big house and a big garden surrounded by fields. She was named Ellie and she loved her family to bits. Ellie was always getting into some kind of mess every day and they decided to take her back to the Animal Shelter. Ellie was horrified and she wondered why she was being taken back to the Animal Shelter. Would they leave her there or would they take her back home?
Smelly Ellie by Susan Russell is an adorable story that will be enjoyed by children, especially those who love dogs and have dogs at home. The illustrations are wonderful and they give a good pace and movement to the story. I like the way the author has portrayed Ellie, her behavior, and feelings, thereby giving her a personality of her own. The story will also make dog owners realize their responsibilities towards their pets. It is a cute story that can be used for read-aloud and storytelling sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Many children have mischievous dogs like Ellie at home and this book will tell them what to do if they have a pup like Ellie at home.