Title: Pip and the Paw of Friendship
Author: Gill Lewis
Illustrator: Sarah Horne
Series: Puppy Academy #3
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age Range: 6+
Pip the Labrador puppy is learning the skills he needs to be an assistance dog for Kayla, a young girl in a wheelchair. He’s desperate to have a human of his very own, but will Kayla want his help? And how will he ever get his Resist Temptation badge and become an assistance dog if he can’t stop himself from chasing any ball that moves?
Puppies to the rescue! From award-winning author Gill Lewis, Puppy Academy is a fun series introducing young readers to a team of plucky, irresistible puppies, learning their jobs as working dogs.
Source: Review copy from Oxford Children’s Books via Amazon Vine
This fun little book is perfect for dog loving children, with plenty of quirky illustrations to keep less confident readers engaged as it gives a glimpse into the training life of an assistance dog. Pip is a friendly Labrador puppy who desperately wants to pass his Resists Temptation badge so that he can earn his Paw of Friendship and become an assistance dog to his very own human. But while Pip is a master at ignoring food (unlike any other Lab I’ve ever known), he simply cannot hold back whenever a ball is near (whereas the Labs I’ve known couldn’t have cared less).
Yet despite this setback, Pip’s instructors introduce him to Kayla, a young girl in a wheelchair who is in definite need of a friend. And that’s where this book really shone – showing how Pip, and other assistance dogs, can make such a difference to people’s lives. In Pip’s case he shows that he isn’t just helpful in picking things up, opening doors and pressing buttons, he’s also a wonderful friend that someone like Kayla really needs.
Of course, Pip’s problems aren’t entirely solved when he meets Kayla and there’s still a bit of an adventure ahead for this particular pup. Although good things do result from Pip’s adventures, I couldn’t help feeling like he didn’t really learn his lesson and instead was somewhat rewarded for it. However, on the whole this was fun and sweet, while also being educational too.
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