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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Wally and the Dolphins by Timothy Christian Merritt is a captivating story based on a real golden retriever called Wally – there is a beautiful photograph of him before the story starts. Wally has a “Daddy Tim” who has to go to work every day and he leaves Wally feeling very lonely, but only until four dolphins magically appear to keep him company. Well, it must be magic! Would you expect results if you cast a spell whilst looking at your reflection in a Japanese Garden pond? The dolphins suggest lots of ways Wally could fill his time until Daddy Tim comes home. All of them are impossible in real life, but this is a special adventure where anything can happen, including meeting a Tiger Shark brandishing a knife and fork!
Daddy Tim leaves Wally with a list of household chores, but our hero is far too busy to do them after he meets the dolphins. For “our hero” substitute “wizard”. Not that Wally is an expert at witchcraft; it’s trial and error, and fun. Wally and the Dolphins by Timothy Christian Merritt is a book designed to be read out loud and the semi-rhyming story flows beautifully, but do be ready for questions along with the demand to “read it again." BTW, the chores do get done, with the dolphins’ help. Timothy Christian Merritt has crammed so many intriguing stories within the tale of Wally and the Dolphins that it is an absolute must for any child’s personal library.