Talking Dog? No Way!

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“Hello, my name is Parker Elvis Pembroke the fourth. I’m your therapy dog.” Wait a minute, dogs can’t talk!
   

“Hello, my name is Parker Elvis Pembroke the fourth. I’m your therapy dog.” Wait a minute, dogs can’t talk!
   

Or can they? Born premature, Benji Barnsworth is sickly, and faints frequently. Very frequently. So when Benji has an accident in school (which involves hitting his head on the floor very hard) Benji’s parents decide to get him a therapy dog. This therapy dog, however is very special. Parker Elvis Pembroke the fourth is not only an accomplished therapy dog, he’s a talking one! And he has a lot to say!

Written by Jenny Lee, who is also a writer and co-producer on the T.V. show Shake it Up, Elvis and the Underdogs is a funny story about an accident-prone boy and his…interesting therapy dog. It is a good-humored book, and the pace is just right. Not too fast, not too slow. Eight years and up will enjoy this book very much. If not for the length, children younger than that would enjoy it, too. As it is an easy read, this book is probably not for advanced readers, but it is a good just-for-fun book.

 

If you think this is sounding boring, don’t worry. This book isn’t just boy said dog said. As mentioned before, it has a very good pace. Elvis and the Underdogs goes into bullying and new friendships. It even includes a terrifying place underneath a hospital!

 

The only downfall of this book is the descriptions. There’s not enough to leave a picture in your head. The author uses words like “short” and “big” to describe her characters, and the character seldom gets more than one of those words, with a few exceptions.

 

All in all, this is an outstanding book, for kids and adults both. If you love dogs (especially talking ones), go read this book!