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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pukka: The Pup After Merle - Ted Kerasote (Animal)

Released October 27, 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Technically, Pukka: The Pup After Merle is an animal-themed non-fiction offering for all ages. It's not specifically for children. However, I think it's a great choice for parents who are pondering getting their child a puppy because it shows a good deal about puppies' habits and the ins and outs of pet ownership.

Sure, puppies are cute, soft and cuddly, but they do like to get into mischief. They can get into squabbles with other dogs, veterinary care is important, they do chew things and potty breaks are essential. All of that is touched upon in Pukka.

What makes Pukka so great is the photography. Not only is the reader treated to the story of Pukka, but you also see a good deal of Wyoming's scenery, as well as places where the author travels with Pukka.

I didn't read Merle, however after a quick online glance at a portion of the popular book that led to this offering, I can tell readers that Merle was an actual chapter book.  Pukka is more pictures that narrative, so those expecting a full-length book should note this is shorter and much more childlike in length and text.

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