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Reviewed by Adanna Ora for Readers' Favorite
Dogs are the most popular pets in the world. There are also a lot of things to learn from them. Erin L. Neal highlights this in Wild Thing and the Bagel. A chocolate Labrador describes his experience with his human parents, including how he was adopted and treated in their house. Soon after, a new dog named Bagel joins him. What will Wild Thing’s reaction be? Will he see this new dog as a threat? Will they get along or cause trouble for their owners? Wild Thing and the Bagel is a fable beautifully told by Erin L. Neal in which we are exposed to a typical day in a dog’s life from the dog’s perspective. The author uses her real-life experiences with her pets to tell this story. Angie Buckman wrote the foreword, which shares the author's love of pets and affirms the goal of this book, which is to learn from the lives of pets.
In several ways, Wild Thing and the Bagel is a one-of-a-kind book. One reason for this is telling the story through the dog’s narration. I enjoyed the storytelling style; it is easy to read and understand, especially with a first-person point of view. One can also learn positive values like love, patience, friendship, and companionship. Using characters from her own life, Erin L. Neal makes the story more relatable. The images that help tell the story are also beautifully done. I loved this story because it brings to our awareness the nature of dogs and the fun of having a dog as a pet. I recommend it for every child, as it will build their imaginations and teach them wonderful things as well.