Review: Puppy: Twelve Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg @PatFurstenberg @mgriffiths163

Today I’m handing over the blog to Mandie who has a lovely review of Puppy: Twelve Months of Rhymes and Smiles, a new children’s book from Patricia Furstenberg which is released today. Happy Publication day Patricia from both me and Mandie.

PatriciaFurstenberg.PuppyThe Official Book Blurb

From the author of “Joyful Trouble”, No.1 Bestseller Children’s Historical Fiction, No.1 Most Gifted Young Adult and Top reviewed Kindle Storyteller book.

A puppy’s first year is filled with findings, wiggles and laughter.

Puppies squirm in all the odd places, sniff all the strange objects, lick everything they can and find something to splash into even when we don’t want them to!

Having loved Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg I jumped at the chance to read this collection of poems depicting the first year of a puppy’s life when approached by the author. I am a complete dog nut (I have 4 rather large balls of fur), so I love books that involve dogs, especially ones that see things from their perspective. This one was no exception.

The poems pick up on something new that the puppy discovers over the first year of its life. From getting a name, to waiting for the first snowfall, each one will bring a smile to your face. The puppy may not know what some of these things are but got swept along with the excitement of each new thing. I loved the way the puppy described the child in the house as a “human pup”, as I guess to them that’s what children are.

You can tell that Patricia is a huge dog lover as she manages to capture the excitement of this four legged bundle of fur as it explores the new world it has been placed in and gets involved in family life.

Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles would be a great addition to any family’s story time reading although adults beware…..if you don’t already have a dog in your life your “human pup” may just suddenly want one after seeing how much fun they have.

With thanks to the author for providing an advance copy of the book for review. Puppy is available now from the following retailers:

Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the Author

PFPatricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents.

She won two key legs (chapter six, “Someone is Missing” and chapter nine, “Reconstruction of the Crime”) of the Write Your Own Christie Competition and was runner-up for chapter four. The Judges “were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style” and congratulated Patricia on winning the penultimate chapter. “This was perhaps one of the hardest rounds of the competition and the judges felt that Patricia’s chapter was confident and intriguing.” The judges thought Patricia’s writing style is “well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense.”

The Judges were Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandchild involved in publishing and promoting her books since 1960s, David Brawn, Agatha Christie’s Publisher at Harper Collins UK for the last 20 years and Daniel Mallory who works primarily with thrillers and crime fiction at Harper Collins US.

When she’s not writing Patricia likes to read, read, read, drink coffee and listen to music.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.

This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.

Follow Patricia on Twitter and her blog


4 thoughts on “Review: Puppy: Twelve Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg @PatFurstenberg @mgriffiths163

  1. Aww, dear Mandie and Jen, this is a fantastic review! I am so pleased that you enjoyed the read, Mandie 🙂 I am ready now to go and but this book, you captured its essence so well 🙂
    And having this wonderful review arriving exactly on Publication Day was an added bonus!
    Many thanks to you both, it is a real honor being featured on your blog, Jen, alongside such distinguished authors.

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