by Eileen Christelow
Clarion Books, $16.99, 40 pages
Who can an animal turn to when they have questions that need immediate answers? They write to “Dear Queenie” of course! Eileen Christelow, in her funny new book The Desperate Dog Writes Again, tells the story of Emma, a pup who has troubles at home. Emma is happy living with her human, George, and an orange cat. The couch is just the right size for the three of them and everyone gets plenty of attention.
But when a female stranger starts holding hands with George, Emma thinks her owner is being kidnapped! The miserable mutt sets out to the library to email canine advice columnist, Queenie. The expert tells Emma to do her best to discourage George’s new admirer – roll in stinky garbage, hide her belongings, and act naughty. Will Emma’s plan work, or will the family need a bigger couch?
Kids will enjoy the comic book style and bright illustrations. An emailing dog fits in with today’s technology based world. The tail-wagging tale is ideal for kids adjusting to a new member of the family (be it two-legged or four-pawed). Animal lovers will cherish the message of unconditional love. Move over, Dear Abby, Queenie is only an email away!
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin