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Bling's weekly book review: Big Red - Based on the Walt Disney Motion Picture

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Hi friends,

This week's book review is on my favorite book of all times.  The name of the book is Big Red.  Big Red is an Irish Setter - just like me.  The original movie, Big Red, was released by Walt Disney Motion Pictures in 1962.   Gosh, that was a long time ago.  If you look at my photo, I have an original movie poster behind me. I also have the children's book.   The copy of the book I have is for children and was adapted by Kathleen N. Daly.  The illustrations were created by Mel Crawford. The original book was a novel written in 1945 by an American author named Jim Kjelgaard In the story adapted for the movie (and in my children's book), Big Red is a show dog who gets lost on the way to a dog show.  A boy named Rene, who helps take care of Big Red, is heart broken over the loss of the red dog he loves so much.   He has to do something to help find Big Red.   I've had something like this happen before.  When I really love someone and something is wrong, I have…

Bling's weekly book review: "A Mammoth in the Fridge" written by Michael Escoffier and illustrated by Mattieu Maudet.

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Hi friends,

It is time for this week's book review.    I have a special treat for you.    We are reviewing an international book.  The name of this week's book is A Mammoth in the Fridge.    The original title of the book was Un mammouth dans le frigo.   That is French for A Mammoth in the Fridge.   Totally cool!   The book was created by two individuals from France.  The story is written by Michael Escoffier and illustrated by Mattieu Maudet.


The front inside book flap says the following, "If you find a mammoth in your fridge, there are two questions you should ask.  How did it get there?  and   How do you get it out?   Those are two very interesting questions.  I can tell you when you read the book, the questions will be answered.    In our story there is a little boy named Noah.   He discovers there is a mammoth in their refrigerator.  When he runs and tells his father, Noah's father thinks Noah is being silly.  Well, guess what...turns out there is a mammoth in t…

Bling's weekly book review: "Harry by the Sea" written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham.

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It is time for this week's book review.    Since we have read 2 stories in the book about Harry, I thought it would be fun to review the third and final story in this book.   Of course the story is again about our cute little buddy, Harry the spotted dog.  The name of this week's story in the book is Harry by the Sea.   The story is written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham.

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In this story, as usual, Harry gets himself into trouble.  This time, Harry is at the beach when the trouble starts.  Psssst....did you notice my beach hat and sunglasses?  I thought I would be in my beach gear for this book review.  Okay, back to our story.   Yep, Harry is in trouble.  At the beach, Harry just can't seem to do anything right.  He is so frustrated.  He runs away from his troubles only to be in more trouble.    His troubles keep getting worse.  Then, as if it is not bad enough, he can't find his family when he tries to return to them.   Have you ever…

Bling's weekly book review: "No Roses for Harry" written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham.

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It is time for this week's book review.   Do you remember a few weeks ago we talked about a story book containing 3 stories about Harry the dog?   Well, I thought it would be fun to review the second story of this book.   Of course the story is about our cute little buddy, Harry.  The name of this week's story in the book is No Roses for Harry.   The story is written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham. If you remember the last story we read about Harry, you will remember Harry seems to get himself into trouble.   Well, Harry is going to get himself into trouble again in this story.

The story starts out with the kids in Harry's family giving him a sweater that their grandmother had made for him.   Harry loved how it felt on.  The only problem was that the sweater had roses on it.  Now really, how could he wear a sweater with roses on it.  Harry was not happy.   Then, to make matters worse, they all went into town and every one saw Harry weari…

Bling's weekly book review: "Where's The Bacon" a story in the Adventures of Charlie the Ranch Dog, written by Ree Drummond and illustrated by Diane deGroat

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It is time for this week's book review.   For a few weeks we are going to be enjoying a collection of stories in one book about Charlie the Ranch Dog.  There are 5 stories in this particular book featuring one of my favorite dogs, Charlie.   Charlie is a Basset Hound and he is hilarious.   Charlie lives on a ranch and is an official ranch dog!  We are going to really enjoy reading his stories.  The name of this week's story in the book is Where's the Bacon?   The story is written by Ree Drummond and illustrated by Diane deGroat.


I love my girlfriend, Faith.   My mom actually calls us the twins.   We aren't twins, but we do everything together.   Friends are wonderful.   Reading is great whether you read by yourself or read with a friend.   This week's story is about friends - new friends.

In the beginning of the story, Charlie finds there is a guest dog staying at his ranch for a few days.  The guest's name is Rowdy.  The first thing Charlie notices…

Bling's weekly book review: For Every Dog An Angel written and illustrated by Christine Davis

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It is time for this week's book review.   The name of this week's book is For Every Dog An Angel.   The story is written and illustrated by Christine Davis.


You know every week I write a book review about a children's book.   The book review is written for adults to share with the special kids in their lives.   This week I am doing something a little different.   The book I am reviewing is written more for adults but is something for all of us, young and old, who have a special dog.  

The book starts out with a puppy being born.   The puppy gets old enough to leave its mother and goes to live with its new special family.   We have all had that experience.   When I was born, I had 5 brothers and sisters.    My humans took care of us all and five families came over and my brothers and sisters went to live with those 5 new special families.   My humans were sad to not have my brothers and sisters anymore in our house.  More than that, my humans were very very happ…

Bling's weekly book review: Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie written and illustrated by Kimberly & James Dean

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Hi friends,

It is time for this week's book review.   The name of this week's book is Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie.   The story is written and illustrated by Kimberly & James Dean.


Have you read any of the Pete the Cat books?  They are wonderful.  I have a favorite one and it is Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie.   Cats are really cool.  I actually have 4 of them and pretty much consider myself a cat expert.   Pete the Cat reminds me of my cat, Rembrandt Blue.  Pete the Cat is blue and my cat, Rembrandt Blue, is a blue point Siamese.   Rembrandt Blue is really a cool cat too.  He is a pretty mild mannered cat just like Pete the Cat. 

Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie is a story about how much Pete loves to dance.  The problem is, Pete doesn't know how to dance.  Everyone Pete the Cat met told him he was dancing all wrong.  Pete the Cat was bummed.  All he wanted to do was dance.   He felt the music and his body just wanted to groove.   When people told hi…