FICTION

Pug’s Snow Day

Branches/Scholastic/. (Diary of a Pug: Bk. 2). Dec. 2019. 80p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781338530070; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781338530063.
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K-Gr 2–May’s next title in the “Diary of a Pug” series is a hilarious and heartwarming tale of a dog’s first snow. When Bella tells Bub that she is wishing for a snow day this winter, Bub has no idea what she means. Bella gets her wish, and the pair venture out into the snow for the first time where new experiences abound. Suddenly, monstrous sounds can be heard across the fence. Bella and Bub have to confront their fear of the unknown to find out the cause—a moving truck and new friends! The pair learn that being brave and confronting your fears can have great rewards. Extremely attractive color illustrations will grab readers from the beginning. Animal lovers will delight in following Bub’s thoughts throughout the story. The diary entry format is a creative way of engaging early chapter book readers. The comprehension questions at the end are a wonderful addition to enhance engagement.
VERDICT Readers new to chapter books will love the unique diary format and vibrant illustrations. Perfect for early learners who love animals, and a wonderful wintry choice for any elementary school library.

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