Reviewed by Ramona Davey
I don’t have a dog but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Grover is a very lovable character. His owner mistreats him. You don’t read about the mistreatment but you get a very good sense that Grover has had a tough time. He is a bag of nerves and very hungry. When he escapes, he gets picked up and taken to an animal shelter, which we know as readers, is a good thing. But Grover doesn’t know that. All he sees is unfamiliar territory and the possibility of being sent back to his horrible owner.
I love the way the author Claire Garth has let us in to Grover’s mind in her writing. We feel his fears and ultimately joy.
This book is the first in a series. I am not sure if they have to be read in order but this one is definitely a great place to start.
Throughout the book there are realistic black and white sketches by Johannes Leak, which are a perfect choice for this story.
An enjoyable chapter book with a heart-warming story for 7-9 year olds or anyone who likes to read about rescued animals.