Title: The Beach Puppy
Author: Holly Webb
Illustrator: Ellie Snowdon
Publisher: Barrington Stoke (Little Gems)
Genre: Younger children’s fiction
Book format: Paperback
Description: Ruby’s dad has arrived home with a wonderful surprise – Coco the sausage dog puppy!
And when the family go on holiday to the seaside, of course Coco will be coming too. The beach is a thrilling place for a dog – so many sights, smells and holes to dig! Ruby and Coco can’t wait to spend the day splashing in the waves and playing in the sand.
But disaster strikes when Coco disappears. Suddenly she’s lost and all alone on the huge, busy beach…Will she ever find her way back to Ruby?
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: Aw, this is such a sweet and simple story. Coco the sausage dog has been adopted by Ruby’s family and soon she’s settled at home and loves to spend time with Ruby. But when the family go on holiday to the beach, taking Coco with them, she gets too excited by all the new activities that she runs off. Soon coco is lost and Ruby doesn’t know where she’s gone, can Coco and Ruby be reunited before it’s too late?
This story is simple and yet so lovely. Coco loves spending time with Ruby and Ruby’s family, but when she run off she ends up hiding away further down the beach. Ruby doesn’t know where she is though and as more time passes it becomes clear that Ruby and Coco might not be reunited before the end of the day.
The illustrations are really lovely. Coco’s expressions are so adorable, you can see her panic on her face as well as the happiness and love she has for Ruby. Something about a sausage dog just makes her look even more lovely cute and I love how fun all the pictures are and how you just love seeing Coco and what she does. There are some fun activities like spot the difference on the inside of both covers. The book is smaller than an average book size, and is filled with extra thick pages and written in a dyslexia-friendly font making it easier to read.
I have really enjoyed reading this book, it’s a simple and yet lovely story with Coco and Ruby eventually having a very happy ending. The book is aimed at young children and especially printed in a way that helps dyslexics or reluctant readers, but it can be read by all and I’m sure it’s a story that many will want to read again, if not just to look at the cute pictures of Coco!
What do you think of this book? Do you like sausage dogs? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂