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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite
Some Dogs is a picture book which shows children dogs of all shapes, sizes and different characteristics. This book is written by Nolan J. Vander Haagen and illustrated by Federico Bonifacini. Coming from someone who has thirteen dogs, knowing that each dog has its own distinct characteristics is something that I experience in our day-to-day life. Indeed, as the book has mentioned, there are those who are very active while there are some who choose to be a little inactive. There are even many who are intelligent while it’s certain that others need a little bit of understanding and, well, there’s a lot more to mention. Some Dogs is able to successfully show and tell these wonderful differences.
The author, Nolan J. Vander Haagen, and illustrator, Federico Bonifacini were both also able to present it in a way that very young children will gain insight while having fun doing so. The wording was so interesting. Reading it was like singing a good tune! In terms of the illustrations, it’s a piece of art. A child’s attention is known to be usually fleeting but the vibrancy in color of Some Dogs will have them sitting down until the story is over. They might even want the story to be told again.
There is, I believe, something more about this book. I think it runs deeper than learning to appreciate man’s best friend. Some Dogs can also teach young ones the value of appreciating people’s individuality. It can also make them learn to accept flaws and still see the good in everyone. This book is actually flexible in terms of the lessons they could acquire from it. I will definitely recommend this book. I am a soon-to-be-mom and when I read this, I felt deep in my heart that my child has to have this book. You can’t go wrong with Some Dogs. That’s for sure!