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Port captures Tawny's youthful voice perfectly, and it's impossible not to fall in love with the slobbery, wisecracking, sparkle-and-tiara-loving Dinky. The plot follows Dinky's determination to fulfill his dream, but it isn't all hijinks. Through Dinky, Tawny learns a lot - not only about Dinky and the other neighborhood pets and their secret desires, but about her evolving relationships with her parents and best friend. There is also a strong message of self-acceptance, a popular theme in books these days. I can't imagine any middle-grader (or adult, for that matter) not enjoying this funny and insightful story.
I truly loved this book. The writing is impeccable and the story itself is, well, hilarious. Tawny is a spunky, good-hearted kid who does her best to make things right--even when whatever can go wrong, does go wrong. Dinky is a lovable dog who doesn't let something as trivial as size or body shape get in the way of his heart's desire to be a lap dog. With words and phrases like "dogzilla" and "dogologist" or "Darn Well Please" mornings which is Tawny's family code name for days when the family is allowed to sleep in, I found myself chuckling throughout the story. The author's descriptions of the characters and day to day activities in Tawny's life are so well done, I felt myself slipping back to when I was a fourth grader!
Overall, this is an excellent book, terrific for dog lovers and non-dog lovers alike. I highly recommend this fun, funny, and ultimately heart-warming book.
Good book, entertaining, and it holds their interest.
Nine-year old Tawny is the narrator and protagonist of this delightful children’s book, but the real show stealer is her pet, Dinky, a truly “great” Great Dane. The huge animal has a lap dog dream and a ton of wisdom about life, people, and other animals. Tawny becomes able to access this information and hold conversations with Dinky when, on a dare, she eats a piece of dog food. As long as she takes an occasional nibble on a kibble she is a pint-sized Dr. Doolittle, who can talk with canines.
Kibble Talk reminds me of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, my favorites as a kid and books I still find delightful in my second childhood. Port has crafted a fun and funny story that this retired adult enjoyed reading and thinks children will enjoy too. Many of her chapters end with a hook, drawing the reader into the next chapter out of a desire to find out what happens next. More importantly from a parent’s point of view, Kibble Talk offers wisdom about life that kids are more likely to accept coming from a nine-year old and her dog than from stodgy and impossibly out-of-touch parents. There are a few “butts,” “farts,” and “pees,” which simply says that vocabulary has changed some since the days when I was parenting young children. Today’s school-age children are well acquainted with the terms.
My Kindle version of this book has a couple of formatting errors, a typo or two, and what appear to be a couple of unnecessary tense changes, but these are small and technical glitches that don't warrant the downgrading of the book to four stars. I give it five, and I highly recommend it for elementary school children and their parents.