The old dog’s obviously not going to get adopted, but the boy’s out to annoy his parents and turns “a lovely shade of buy him” when old dog’s dinner disagrees so odiferously. So starts Nicole Ismaylov’s Dart and the Squirrels told in first person by a very intelligent German Shepherd full of character and wit. And it just gets better. Dog thinks this a very strange family, and reader thinks they’re perfectly suited to him. But what shall they call him… something beginning with D?
Take some perfect quotes to start each erudite chapter—hey, these kids can read—and a perfectly middle-grade sense of humor—well, Dart rhymes with, you know what I mean; add perfectly hilarious classroom situations, substitute teachers, tornados and more; and what else could you ask for. Chatty, irreverent, mildly confusing and thoroughly entertaining, the protagonist is great, the surprisingly squirrely antagonist is, well, a squirrel, and the story’s a quick, fun, fascinating read. There’s even a great knock knock joke hiding in there!
Disclosure: I learned that it was free so I bought it and read it.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
Nicole Izmaylov Born in Atlanta Georgia, Nicole Izmaylov won the Reflections contest several years in a row in the categories of literature and musical composition, including multiple first places at the state level. She also received national recognition for her poetry, won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for her children’s book, Ronnie and BB (2009), and has been nominated for the 2011 GAYA for her second book,The Draçian Dance (2010), which was written for young adult audiences. Nicole's interests include playing violin and piano and participating in the Academic, Debate, and Drama Clubs at her middle school.