Review by sssns -- Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog

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Review by sssns -- Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Please Don't Tell Cooper He's A Dog" by Michelle Lander Feinberg.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Cooper is a dog adopted from an animal shelter. Unlike the typical pet, dog tricks are not his thing. What he enjoys are the fun activities of the family. He acts and thinks like a human. Find out what happens when they tell Cooper he is a dog.

Please Don’t Tell Cooper He’s A Dog is a colorful storybook for children and advocates pet adoption. It is the creative collaboration of the author, Michelle Lander Feinberg, and illustrator, Anna Mosca.

The words rhyme, which helps young readers get familiar with the language. There are only two lines on each page, allowing enough space for the illustrations. It produces a neat and organized layout. The texts do not overlap with the drawings, so it does not strain the eyes while reading. The illustrations relate to the lines on every page. The contrast in colors gives the spotlight to Cooper. The background uses pastel colors while Cooper is in solid black. The texts are also in black, but Cooper still stands out. The first item a child spots on a page is Cooper. The thoughtful composition of the pages and the use of colors is what I like most.

Parents will appreciate the book. Aside from the advocacy mentioned above, the story teaches children that having pets comes with responsibilities. Kids should care for their pets and provide attention to them. Likewise, young readers will enjoy the story. The activities of the family are familiar and relatable. The activities are not limited to playtime. There are also school work, exercise, sports, and entertainment, to name a few. The siblings in the story seem to have ages that are within the target audience. It makes the kids identify with them. Also, there are no obnoxious characters in the story.

The title is catchy and funny. However, my concern is the possible interpretation. It may sound like not accepting who we are and acting like someone we are not. I think we have to embrace who we are and let others accept us, despite our differences. It is the only thing I dislike in the book. Adults may explain it to the young audience.

The language is clean and free from any offensive words. This book is suitable for children between the ages 2-8 years old. Reading with the whole family will be more enjoyable. Animal shelters may equally find this book helpful in encouraging pet adoption.

The editing is neat except for minimal and almost negligible punctuation issues. Although I have some reservations about the title, the book achieves its goal in promoting its advocacy. It uses the creative combination of text and illustration to get the message across. That said, I gladly give 4 out of 4 stars.

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This is one of the best children's book around. I agree with your analysis and rating. Thanks for the wonderful review.
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I had a great time reading this book too, and appreciated the fun rhymes. I fully agree with the rating and your review.
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I just finished reviewing this book and I loved reading your point of view. I agree with you 100%! Nice work!
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This book sounds so endearing. Don't worry, I won't tell Cooper! :lol2:
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This seems like a nice book for children to understand that adopting a pet is a serious matter. Thank you for your great review!
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A dog that acts like a human! I wish my dogs would be this smart, maybe one day I could get to have a conversation with them. Lol. Thanks for the nice review.
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Saint Bruno wrote: 14 Feb 2021, 01:27 This is one of the best children's book around. I agree with your analysis and rating. Thanks for the wonderful review.
It has a nice message and execution. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.
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Yvonne Monique wrote: 14 Feb 2021, 02:38 I had a great time reading this book too, and appreciated the fun rhymes. I fully agree with the rating and your review.
It's so nice you enjoyed it too. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.
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smolbird wrote: 14 Feb 2021, 05:21 This book sounds so endearing. Don't worry, I won't tell Cooper! :lol2:
Of course, it's just between us. We won't tell Cooper :wink: Thanks for stopping by.
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NetMassimo wrote: 15 Feb 2021, 06:01 This seems like a nice book for children to understand that adopting a pet is a serious matter. Thank you for your great review!
True. There are things to be considered when adopting a pet. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.
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Eutoc wrote: 15 Feb 2021, 08:51 A dog that acts like a human! I wish my dogs would be this smart, maybe one day I could get to have a conversation with them. Lol. Thanks for the nice review.
That could be something to write about too :lol: Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.
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I once watched a cartoon if acsquirrel wanting to be a dog. Now this book!! This is very hilarious... how could it be? Its unbelievable and hilarious. Thank you for this amazing review. Looking forward to reading this book so I can have a hearty laugh😂
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I think you make a good point about accepting who we are...I love that you pointed that out in your review. I really enjoyed this book, and I’m glad you did, too!
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