- Book Style: Dog story for kids
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 3-5 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Pictures of a real husky!
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Jayne Flaagan
- Author’s Page: Jayne Flaagan or Ellathedoggy.com
- Book Purchase Page: Doggy’s Busy Day – Kindle $2.05 USD and Paperback $8.99 USD
- Social Media Links: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest
Doggy’s Busy Day is a dog story for kids by Jayne Flaagan. The story is about a real Husky (named Ella in case you hadn’t caught on to that) that does everyday dog stuff. Ella lives a pretty good life with her family, and the story follows her through a pretty busy day. Ella does everything from eating, going for a walk, playing, dancing, shaking paws, and more before she appears reflective and considers what she’ll get to do the next day.
There are a few things that I really enjoyed about Doggy’s Busy Day. First off, I loved that the book was a true representation of a dog with a great life. It’s obvious that Ella is loved and that she enjoys her life day in and day out. This isn’t just a book created by someone who was looking to create a dog book. The author is a dog lover, creating a book for children (and it shows).
One of the things that I liked the most about the book is the fact that our author interacts with our children. She’s not simply telling a story and letting your child sit there as a non-participant. Instead, Jayne asks questions such as “How do you dance” and “What do you do when you act silly?” It makes the book interactive, and I even had my little guy get up and dance (he’s definitely getting all the ladies, FYI) when he was asked how he dances. It’s things like this that make a book fun for kids.
Side note: I’ve since learned that Jayne has spent over 30 years reading to children…and now it all makes sense why she brings this interactivity to the book.
Probably my favorite part of the book is the pictures of Ella herself. She’s a cute Husky with a great smile and a playful nature about her. Kids (especially ones who like dogs) will love the pictures and will talk your ear off about what the “puppy” is doing. In our house, we’ve read a few books like this and each one seems to find a way to excite our child.
I love it when authors add a little extra to their books. Jayne Flaagan has done this with an audio book, free coloring pages, and even entries into some giveaways for her books. She adds all this in simply for purchasing the book, and I know these kinds of things always leave an impression in kids. They retain more of the book when they’re coloring a picture from the book.
You can also sign up on the website at www.ellathedoggy.com and you will be e-mailed when
the author offers free Kindle downloads, which she often does
“Ella the Doggy” is a book series, with the eighth book out just this Spring. The first book,
“Doggy’s Busy Day” is also available in seven different languages.
In the end, if you have a child who likes dogs even in the slightest, Doggy’s Busy Day is going to fit the proverbial bill. It’s a fun story about a well-loved dog who does a large number of cute
things, with entertaining pictures of a real a dog who’s living a great life. It leaves children feeling great and at a relatively low cost of $2.05 USD for a Kindle copy of the book and $8.99 USD for a paperback copy, Doggy’s Busy Day isn’t exactly breaking the bank and is well worth it.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!