Welcome back to the place that aims to please the reader in you every day of the week, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we are featuring two of my favorite things....books (of course) and puppies! Or to be more precise, one pup and a former show girl at that. Grab the fine china and open a can of Iam's, it's time to meet our four legged author and her human friend. Today's book of choice is...
Diva Pearl the Pekingese:
Miss Pearl and Vicki Gattuso
I gotta say it...the overall package is quite adorable. I mean really, how can you say anything else to that sweet face?!
The pup that graces the cover is Miss Diva Pearl, former show dog and now lifelong friend to Ms Vicki, as well as a puppy parent. That's right, she has "kids", one of which (Shoko) happens to be a member of her immediate family. Pretty cool, right? Well, it is actually and due to this fact, we learn a few interesting facts about the pekingese breed, an unexpected bonus. But I digress...
Within these pages, you will be touched by Diva Pearl's story, chuckle at her hi-jinx and smile yourself silly as you gaze at each picture that is cuter than the last. Follow her career from start up to prize winner and everything in between, while getting acquainted with her team of two legged friends and best buds along the way. Aside from her owner, she has an obvious affection for Miss Jacquelyn, her mom away from mom, her neighbor, Miss Odesa, thanks to a close call, and her "brother" Oshi, a Japanese Chin who calls her "dad" Dad. We learn just what it takes to be "the best" and take away a few "pearls of wisdom" from her years of experience while agreeing that at least for Miss Diva Pearl, pink is the new black.
Overall, an easy read for fans of the breed, as well as little ones simply "oohing" at the adorable cover. My only downside to report would be the disorganization of the "story". We bounce all over her life line and end up repeating some things a few times over because of it. It doesn't ruin the read completely and it's doubtful that wee ones would even notice, but it is something to be aware of. It makes it more dependent on the picture aspect of the book than the actual content. Oh, but I have to say the disc included in my review pack which contained Miss Pearl's Song, Miss Pearl's Lullaby and her video was TOO cute. I mean at first glance I thought okay, what gives but once you give it a shot, you can't help but smile. I can definitely see why Miss Pearl would be a fan and appreciate her sharing them with all of us.
Review copy and song/video courtesy of authors Miss Pearl and Vicki Gattuso...via the folks at Bostick Communications. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as their other promotions, be sure to stop by their site. To read more about Miss Pearl's story, be sure to check out her official web page, or like her on Facebook. This book is available now no be on the look out for it on a bookstore shelf or online retailer near you.
One more thing before we close, for those looking to "do good" with their purchases, a portion of the book's proceeds will support the American Heart Association, Pekingese Rescue Network, the Humane Society of Greater Akron and Pet Helpers (Charleston, SC). Definitely a bonus point in my book.
Until next time...happy reading!