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Letters from a Desperate Dog Hardcover – October 16, 2006
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Most of the time, life with her human, George, is great, but as every pet (and pet parent) knows, there are days when the kibble hit the fan, and Emma’s overall a good dog, she makes her share of missteps, though George’s temperamental nature doesn't help!
(He’s an artist, they can be moody sometimes…)
Emma, both heartbroken and furious, finally decides it’s time to get some help, in the form of “Dear Queenie.” Queenie's a canine advice columnist, who gives sassy and succinct counsel to pets at the end of their proverbial rope, and under the alias “Desperate Dog” Emma begins a string of correspondence between herself and Queenie, that ultimately leads her to leave George’s home to the cat and be her own dog!
Best known for her “Five Little Monkeys” series, author-illustrator Eileen Christelow brings us a funny and fast-paced tale that dog lovers everywhere will find as much truth as there is fiction.
Inspired by the exploits of the “Original Emma” (the author’s dog who sadly died in 2013) Eileen’s frenetic yet warm illustrations reflect inviting yet quirky tones of the story, fans of “Martha Speaks” will definitely take to Emma’s direct and spunky voice.
The use of the comic panel format (similar to “There’s A Wolf at the Door”) adds a fun twist that is well executed. If you’ve got pups of your own, who are hard-pressed to read (or have read to them) anything in non-comic format, this book surely delight.
As an author myself, I know there are often callous jokes in publishing about authors advised not write about their dogs, if Eileen heard this counsel, I’m SO GLAD she didn’t listen to them!Read more ›
It was too ridiculous. I gave the book away to a dog lover.