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Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron
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Jan 16, 12

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Read in January, 2012

Spunky is the story of a family and their pets as experienced by the title character, a mixed breed dog in the prime of his life. He has a good relationship with his family, and even if they do not understand "dog", he loves them anyways. So, as Spunky explains, he will be telling "almost all." The illustrations in this book simply and charmingly capture the essence of the pets. The cover image of a puzzeled Spunky conveys the heart of the story, which is of a dog attempting to communicate with his non-dog family and often times not being entirely successful. His expression says it all. It is not just sweet and sentimental though, there's real pathos too. Picture a desperate Spunky, barking furiously when the family's new pet, a young and foolish kitten gets trapped in the freezer. Spunky is admonished for barking excessively, but when his family finally figures it out, he is vindicated. There's touches of humor too, as when Spunky refers to the family's bathroom as the "white pond room," and the living room as the, "family lying around room." Outside of a few other mishaps with Fiona, there isn't too much to fear. At just a little over 100 pages, this all-around good-hearted book is a gentle read.
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