The Magic of Misty Nook

To the Rescue

Children - Animals
56 Pages
Reviewed on 03/28/2024
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Rescue shelters for animals are havens providing love and care for feral cats and stray dogs in need of homes. The Magic of Misty Nook: To the Rescue is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Christine Skippins. It follows the story of the members of the Animal Brother and Sisterhood in charge of Misty Nook animal shelter. When Chief Elder Woody hears news of his longtime friend Bear, the mayor of Friendly Island, and his need for kittens and pups on his island, he is determined to help out. While brothers Benjamin Black and Boycee help Woody select 12 lucky kittens to find new homes in Friendly Island, Ollie the Collie, Susy Sausage, and Fiesty Frank will help find the latest generation of Friendly Island Police Cadet pups.

The Magic of Misty Nook: To the Rescue is the perfect book to introduce children to animal rescue shelters, and shows why they are so necessary in our world. Christine Skippins weaves a captivating tale about animal rescue that will tug at the heartstrings of any animal lover and make young readers empathize with the plight of stray animals. Featuring cats and dogs as main characters, Skippins tells a wholesome tale that showcases the role of animal rescue workers and the lengths they go to help find forever homes for animals in need. The colorful illustrations add to the personalities of the characters and make them even more compelling to the reader. Woody, Madeline, Benjamin Black, and Boycee were some of my favorites from the bunch. Young readers will love this picture book.

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Woody, a dog who has spent many years as a stray in the big city, is surprised to find that his longtime friend Bear needs help. After stumbling on Bear's newsletter about needing kittens and puppies at Friendly Island, he proposes a very attractive solution involving Misty Nook, a sanctuary for cats and dogs that need a safe and caring place to stay. It is run by the Brother and Sisterhood, which is a carefully selected group of wise and kind animals. Follow Woody and other animals as they seek forever homes for the puppies and kittens in Misty Nook. Christine Skippins' children's book, The Magic of Misty Nook: To the Rescue, is a lovely, gratifying tale about kittens and puppies seeking forever homes and the joint efforts of some animals who contribute toward their safety and happiness.

Christine Skippins's vivid descriptions are a joy to envision, allowing the reader to comfortably picture the physical world in her story with eye-catching details such as "colorful baskets of treats." Also, the vibrant animal pictures are quite adorable. As a dog person who also loves cats, I felt like hugging the cute, cuddly animals with their expressive eyes. The characters are quite observant and have some brilliant perspectives that make them feel genuine and realistic. The Magic of Misty Nook: To the Rescue is a brilliant representation of the power of teamwork and coming together to add more positivity to the world. It offers various amazing lessons for children that are useful for life and important for building an empathetic and generous generation. Every child and adult who loves animals should read this book!