CM . . .
. Volume XX Number 27. . . .March 14, 2014
Bagels Come Home! tells the story of the Berstein family who adopt a dog from the rescue centre. The motivation to get the dog named Bagels is a result of having a fish named Lox and a cat named Creamcheese, and that the kids are deemed ready for it. Bagels proceeds to be a very energetic Whippet breed of dog who is difficult to train. The dog has ways of escaping closed rooms and supposedly secure areas to cause all sorts of trouble that only a puppy could. The climax of the story comes when the dog is able to escape (with the help of the cat) the family house and track the family to the nearby community theatre where he winds up stealing the show.
Joan Betty Stuchner writes an entertaining quick story that will be enjoyed by the target age range as either a read-aloud or as a beginning novel. The author provides a tale that is whimsical and humourous. The crazy adventures that Bagels gets into are close enough to reality that many dog-owning adults will be able to relate to this book as well. The children in my house have certainly enjoyed it. The slate of characters is realistic and likable. The plot develops quickly and maintains the interest of the listener and reader. The writing has some very cute interactions between Josh and Becky and their parents that are not unlike conversations that could be heard around a dinner table. The story ends with Bagels soaring through the air on centre stage, and readers will be left with the feeling of fun and mischief that only owning a dog can bring.
The black and white illustrations provided by Dave Whamond provide an additional layer of entertainment to this brisk tale. His illustrations will help readers get a good feeling for the moments that the author has provided with her words. The illustrations are funny and worth having a good long look at as you read.
Overall, readers are going to quite like Bagels Come Home!.
John Dryden, an elementary school teacher, reviews for CM in the fine company of his feline in Duncan, BC.
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