By Donna L. Sadd
28 pages (ebook reviewed) – ages 3+
Published by Donna L. Sadd on January 8, 2012
A family adopts two little puppies, Zoe and Lucci. The family showers the poochies with hugs and kisses. They soon realize Lucci is not fond of being snuggled and kissed. They try even harder to show Lucci they love him, but it doesn’t work. The Poochie Lucci doesn’t want any smoochies! All the other dogs in the family love to be hugged and kissed, so why didn’t Lucci? Finally the family gives up trying to smooch the pooch and what they find is that Lucci just needed a little less fussing over him… SMOOCH! 😉
This is a cute story. I like the message about how different people…ERR, I mean dogs can show love and affection. Not all doggies like to be hugged and kissed a bunch but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel loved. It is a good message about everyone being different and it is OK to be that way. The story is told in kind of a prose that rhymes and is fun to read. The illustrations are made to look like a kids drew them and that went nicely with the story. At one point there were illustrations of kids (the author’s nieces and nephews) but the heads were actual pictures of the kids on cartoon bodies. It is a cute idea, but the quality of the photos took away from the illustration. I found an editing error in the text and the formatting for the book on the Kindle and Cloud Reader left some blank pages scattered in the book and that broke up the flow of the book. I think the book would make a nice bed-time story that teaches a good message.
To learn more about Ms. Sadd and Lucci, please visit her blog by clicking HERE.