Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. She’s not very good at it, and while she tries very hard, she gets embarrassed and frustrated when she messes up. The other kids even laugh at her sometimes when she struggles, which makes her want to read even less. One Saturday, her mother takes her to the library, where the librarian offers a new reading partner: a big fluffy white dog named Bonnie. When Madeline reads to Bonnie, her furry friend is patient and understanding, and never laughs at her. As Madeline practices, she finds she gets better and better. But the day before she is to read in front of her whole class, Bonnie is gone! Can Madeline find the courage and confidence to read aloud in front of everyone?
Who doesn’t love a book about the bond between a child and a dog? Library dogs are becoming more and more prevalent (due to their effectiveness), so it was really cool to see a book about what a fantastic impact they can make on a child’s literacy and confidence. Plus, any book that encourages little ones to read, even if they have to work hard to learn how, is a great book in our eyes. The illustrations are adorably pleasant and bring a lot of life to Madeline and especially Bonnie. JJ loved this one, and the length was just on the longer side of good for baby bookworms, but not too long for patient readers. Overall, a great story about persistence and friendship, and Baby Bookworm approved!