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J.P. Trouble by Ryan  Hill
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Apr 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: kids-books
Read in April, 2012

This review consists of 2 parts: 1. My son's review (he's 5.5) and 2. My review (The Mom). These are excerpts. For the full review, visit us at our website:


What I liked and disliked about it:

The thing I liked the best about the book was the little dog because it was cute. I liked the pictures of the puppy, but I didn't like the pictures of the mean girls. I didn't like the mean girls because they tried to take the dog. I liked the way the book ended though because the little boy gets his own dog back. I wished that the book was a little longer because the longer it is, it would have more better parts. The book had more bad things than good things even if it ended well - which it did.

My bottom line:

I think both girls and boys my age would like this book too.


What I liked and disliked about it:

This book covers many different themes that can be relevant to children: loneliness, bullying, friendship, and loyalty. I think that children who are relocating to a new neighborhood, city, or school will relate to the experiences and feelings of Little Johnny. My heart ached for him at the beginning of the book and it was touching when the puppy and the little boy found each other.

The illustrations in the book are excellent in creating the feel for the book. That puppy is absolutely adorable and the mean girls are truly illustrated as "mean". Very well done! However, interestingly, my son was disturbed by the illustrations of the mean girls.

I have to admit that I found the "meanness" of the girls a bit much, especially with respect to how they handle the puppy. For example, one girl grabs the dog by the neck while the other one tries to kick him. Also, I didn't like that the girls were nicknamed "Snooty Sally" and "Kicking Kelly". Even if they are bullies, name-calling is just never appropriate and in this case, I do feel like it was unnecessary.

One final word...I think the story itself is sufficient for a first book in a series. It can stand alone as the first part of the story of how Little Johnny and J. P. Trouble meet, but I feel like there is more of a story to tell.

My bottom line:

I think that, outside of the couple of issues I raised above, this is a good little story. I think young boys or perhaps little girls too (especially those who love dogs and puppies) aged 3 to 6 will really enjoy this book.

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