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Thursday, 8 May 2014

The Scruffy Puppy by Holly Webb

The Scruffy Puppy - Holly Webb Animal Stories 27

A brand new tale in the Animal Stories series from best-selling author Holly Webb, this story is about the true meaning of friendship - and how there's the perfect pup out there for everyone! Bella instantly falls in love with her scruffy puppy Sid when she sees him at the animal shelter. She gets her family to agree that he's the perfect pet for them and she cannot wait to bring him home! But one person is not too impressed with Sid - Bella's friend Megan, who is getting her own pedigree pup. Megan is pretty snooty about Bella's beloved mongrel pet, and she begins to wonder if she's that good a friend after all. Bella decides to enter Sid into a dog show, so she can prove for once and for all that all dogs are brilliant, no matter where they come from! The Scruffy Puppy is the 27th book in Holly Webb's Animal Stories series, a must for animal loving girls and boys aged six to eight years.

Holly Webb writes the best animal stories - this is the 27th book in her Animal Stories series and it is yet another great read for animal loving children. 

Although this is the 27th book in the series, each new story offers something new. This book has a great hidden message - it doesn't matter what anyone/thing looks like, there is more to each person, beauty is not skin deep. Holly does this fantastically, using the animal world to promote positive messages within everyday life.

Bella has a new puppy, when she went to choose a new pet, she didn't choose the run of the mill, cute dog but rather a scruffy little puppy. When she excitedly went to school to share the news of her new puppy she was embarrassed to say anything when her best friend also had news of a new pet, a pedigree puppy. However, Bella continued to love her new pet, taking it to classes and when both she and her best friend entered the dog show, Bella found out that good looks isn't everything, but love and companionship are so much better.

This is a great book for animal loving children, the story is easy to read and perfect for young readers who are gaining confidence in chapter books. The story is accompanied by great pencil sketches by Sophy Williams who I think has captured the adorability of Sid in every illustration.

Thank you to the publishers, Stripes, for sending me the book to review.

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