Book Review: "Dogspell, or Sally & Seemore & the Meaning of Mushki"

DogspellDogspell by Karin Gustafson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Karin Gustafson, author of the manicddaily blog, has written an absolutely winning children's book with the most charming illustrations ever. Sally is a girl whose mom (Ruby) is always salvaging things and making gadgets and clothes and book bags and Rube Goldberg contraptions (now you know why she's called Ruby!) out of them. When she suggests building a robot pal for Sally, though, she's gone too far. Sally insists on a dog, and so they go get a little curly white puppy Sally names Seemore, or Seemie for short.

The book alternates between Sally's voice and Seemie's. The dog's narration is beyond cute. The story deals with school, mean girls, not fitting in, and finding confidence in one's self, but the book is never preachy, always fun. I have given it 4 stars just because I reserve 5 stars for books that seriously rock my world or change the way I think. This book is simply a wonderful book for children or the young at heart, and is highly recommended.

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Outlawyer said…
Shay, this is so incredibly kind. I am really speechless. It is one of the nicer things anyone has done for me. I am very grateful. Thanks.

I have a sequel actually, called Doggone or Sally & Seemore & the Escape from Flufferdom. I like it a lot but haven't really done pictures for it yet, and have felt rather depressed since this book was out so haven't tried them, but just may. Thanks again. All best. K.
Outlawyer said…
I wanted to add that it is always so difficult for me to do any kind of "precis"-- summary, etc--but you are really good at it! Thanks again, k.
Sioux Roslawski said…
Shay--Thanks for the book review. I'm always looking for good books to use in my classroom. This one sounds like a winner.
Maude Lynn said…
This sounds adorable!
Sherry Blue Sky said…
Anyone who loves dogs will find this book adorable.............and the illustrations are whimsical and delightful.