Tuesday 28 May 2013

Ella and Olivia: Puppy Trouble

Ella and Olivia: Puppy Trouble by Yvette Poshoglian, illustrated by Danielle McDonald (Scholastic Australia)
PB RRP $7.99
ISBN 978-1-74283-657-7
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Seven-year-old Ella and her younger sister Olivia have wanted a puppy forever. They have promised to look after him themselves, to train him and to take him on a walk every day.

Finally the day arrives when a new puppy Bob is in their arms and they have so much fun. But they also discover keeping a puppy is not so as easy as they expected. Bob can be naughty. Then on a walk, he runs away.

Ella and Olivia are sweet characters. Aimed at beginning readers, this series is a great one for young girls. Most young children would love a puppy so Puppy Trouble will strike a chord with many readers.

Bob is mischievous as puppies often are, and the sisters also, do not always behave perfectly which gives these books a realistic and relatable edge.

Puppy Trouble will be devoured by readers already familiar with Ella and Olivia and new readers can also start here. The books do not need to be read in order. There are already eight to collect and I’m sure there will be more to come.

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