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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
So many young people today are glued to their electronic devices and they are missing out on some of the real adventures life has to offer. No one recognizes this more than the family pet, the one that ends up forgotten while their young owners fiddle with their devices. Remi is adopted from a pet store and brought home as a birthday present for a little girl named Mia. Right away, Mia thinks Remi is her long-lost, cherished puppy, Coco. When she realizes Remi just looks like Coco, she loses interest and spends her time on an electronic device, ignoring the new member of the family. Remi seeks solace in the backyard, making friends with the dog next door, Brie. Through Brie, she meets other dogs and they team up to bring their families together, set aside their devices and spend time with each other. The adventure starts in Chicago and ends in New York, where Remi watches with wonder as her new friend, Brie, demonstrates his K9 prowess and they team up with another lost puppy to make the best rescue ever. All in a day’s work for the K9 team, but a real adventure for the pet store puppy.
Shweta Roy’s early reader chapter book, The Unexpected Adventures of Remi, does not disappoint. Young mystery lovers and pet lovers will enjoy this simple read. The story is told from the dogs’ perspectives, with lots of dialogue between the animals. The characters, both dog and human, are well developed. The plot develops nicely with a few twists and turns to add some excitement. A wonderful story to entertain and, hopefully, to encourage young readers to put down their electronic devices and spend some time with their four-legged best friends. Life is about friendships, not electronics.