2 out of 4 stars
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Hi. It’s Me Gardenia, An Angel by Joanne Reiner is a children’s book about a dog named Gardenia, who writes from Heaven about her life. The writer uses illustrations and simple language to engage young readers in the story. Through this book, the author aims to honor her thirteen-year-old dog who recently died and comfort herself, as well as those who loved Gardenia.
The book is written from Gardenia’s perspective, so it is written in the first person. Gardenia begins by introducing herself, indicating that she is a rescued Maltese doggy, who is thirteen years old and weighs six pounds. She explains that she had diabetes before going to Heaven, so she had to have a shot after every meal. She says that she had three puppies that grew up to become Show Dogs, but after she gave birth to the dogs, she was bought by Mommy (the author of this book). The new family cared and spoiled Gardenia, cleaning her and bathing her. Gardenia became a part of the family, even going shopping with Mommy.
There were some positive characteristics in this novel. Firstly, the book was exceptionally edited, as I only noticed a single error in the whole book. What I liked most in this story was the presence of humor, which gave the book a light-hearted, joyful tone.
Nevertheless, I also encountered some negative attributes in this story. More specifically, the book was not logically and coherently structured, as it was confusing, and the story was hard to comprehend in some parts. Moreover, the novel was boring and monotonous, as it lacked suspense, tension, and drama, thereby creating an uninteresting atmosphere in the text. Also, the book was unoriginal, as the story was very cliché, meaning it lacked creativity and uniqueness. What I disliked most in this novel was the fact that the illustrations were poorly drawn and very unrealistic. I believe that young readers will not be engaged by the illustrations in the book, hence they will find the book boring.
This novel is best suited for young readers who have lost pets, specifically dogs. Girls will prefer this book, as the illustrations are more suited for feminine readers. This book is suited for readers of all religions, including atheist readers.
All in all, I rate this book with 2 out of 4 stars. A lower rating would have been too strict, as this book was enjoyable and professionally edited. However, I did not give it a higher rating, as it was confusing, monotonous, and its illustrations were poor.
Hi. It's Me Gardenia, An Angel
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