Harvey Takes the Lead

Pajama. (Harvey Stories: Bk. 3). May 2022. 288p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781772782400.
Gr 4-6–Harvey, a West Highland white terrier, loves to go with Maggie to the Brayside Retirement Villa. Maggie and her friend Austin visit with the residents, while Harvey provides comfort and companionship. Austin even helps with small maintenance jobs for the custodian who replaced his grandfather. Things become challenging when the new assistant director enacts strict safety protocols, including a list of rules that Harvey must follow when he visits. In addition to the growing awkwardness and unhappiness at the retirement home, Maggie struggles with her feelings of disappointment after being cast as understudy in her school’s performance of Annie. Austin worries about obtaining the money required to go on a class trip while also trying to support Mr. Kowalski, who is upset about his hospitalized wife. Harvey’s delightful antics wonderfully complement the good hearts of Maggie and Austin. With help from the residents of Brayside and their friends and family, Maggie and Austin just might find the answers to their difficulties. This feel-good story told from multiple points of view, including Harvey’s, keeps readers engaged and interested.
VERDICT A wonderful addition to libraries where Harvey’s previous adventures, or dog stories in general, are popular.

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