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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Cotton is a small, cuddly dog who was living in an animal shelter until the author and her family adopted him. He is very happy that he has found a loving home and basks in the attention given to him. Since living with his new mommy, daddy and Anthony, Cotton realises that he has other names, which he gets with the antics he performs. When Cotton damaged his bed and mommy had to replace it, she called him Stop That! When he was snuggled in his second bed, Cotton learned his other name was Innocent, and when mommy caught him chewing the piano leg she said, “Stop chewing on the piano leg, Little Beaver.”
What is My Real Name? is a very short, but cute animal book by Malinda Mitchell. Her love for Cotton is clearly seen through her writing, and the adorable pictures she includes in the book. Cotton, who tells what it is like living with his new family, narrates the story. He also encourages people to share their love and adopt animals from shelters. There is an interesting column called Seven Important Questions to Ask Yourself before Adopting a Pet that readers will find worth pondering. Although animals like Cotton are fun to keep as pets, they also require constant grooming, a proper diet and lots of loving attention. The questions are helpful ones that folks should seriously take into consideration before adopting pets.