4 out of 4 stars
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Finding friends is rarely easy, even when you're a sweet, playful dog like Mr. Fuzzy Ears. While he has two loving human "parents," Mr. Fuzzy Ears has no furry friends to play with. One day, he decides to find a friend of his own. When none of them work out, his "parents" take him to the Humane Society to pick out a friend.
The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears: Searching for a Furry Friend by Donna S Carr Roberts is a cute children's book that teaches kids a bit about the Humane Society while illuminating the responsibility of pet ownership. While at the Humane Society, Mr. Fuzzy Ears meets several animals that were brought there for various reasons. I loved that these other animals function as warnings for children and parents about the responsibilities of having a pet. For example, there are warnings every Easter about buying rabbits as pets because they're so hard to take care of. Mr. Fuzzy Ears comes across a rabbit that was brought to the Humane Society for exactly this reason.
But the thing that stuck out to me the most about The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears: Searching for a Furry Friend is the amazing artwork. The pages are full of original hand-painted art, and the author plays with splotches of color and vibrantly punctuated spots throughout the book. The pages looked so colorful that I felt like I could reach out and feel the wetness of the pages, even on my laptop!
The writing is smooth and easy to follow. Because the book doesn't have rhymes, it doesn't have forced rhymes or spots that are awkward to read. There's also a smattering of cursive writing bursting from the standard text. I think this elevates the artistry of the book, but as the number of people who can't read cursive grows, mentioning it as a warning becomes imperative.
I enjoyed The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears: Searching for a Furry Friend. I didn't see any grammatical errors, and the artwork was excellent. The writing could've been a bit more attention-grabbing, but it did the job well enough. I particularly appreciated that the multiple lessons within the book are clear but not blatant; I didn't feel like I was being hit over the head with lessons, but I certainly picked them up. Seeing the Humane Society highlighted so well without it feeling like propaganda or indoctrination was a feat as well. My rating of the book is 4 out of 4 stars, and I'd recommend it to people who have a dog as part of their family, as well as those who are looking to get a pet.
The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears
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