BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Dream Dog by Lou Berger

TITLE: Dream Dog

AUTHOR: Lou Berger


PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade, 2014

SYNOPSIS: “Written by a ten-time Emmy Award winner and former head writer for Sesame Street, here’s a story that will resonate with every dog-loving child out there. Harry wants wants wants a dog, and, instead of getting one, his parents try to placate him with a pet that’s decidedly less interesting—a lizard. So Harry takes matters into his own hands and places his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet on his head, and soon something—with paws! a tail! a wet nose!—pops into the world. Sure, nobody else can see the dog named Waffle, but that doesn’t matter to Harry. But what happens when a real dog comes into his life? Catrow’s signature loose drawings and Berger’s humorous text bring the bond between a boy and his dog exuberantly to life.”

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Whenever I think about writing BOOK NOOK REVIEWS, I don’t normally get ahead of myself. I will talk about the author and my impression of their story. Then I might talk about the lovely artwork and the illustrator involved in the project. But with THIS book, I definitely put the cart before the horse! I focused on the illustrator, David J Catrow. I have followed this NYT Best Selling Author/Illustrator since 1997 and LOVE his illustration style! The cover of DREAM DOG is especially engaging to me because I would spend many days as a child laying in clover to gaze at the drifting clouds high above me. Then I began to read the wonderful, heart-melting story by Lou Berger. Young readers will have fun exploring the possibilities of a most unique pet and even how to say goodbye to that pet when the time comes. This imaginative picture book would be a wonderful addition to any children’s library!

RATING: *****5 Stars *****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!




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“Eight-year-old Hailey loved wearing hats! She had a special hat for almost every adventure of the week! But what happens when she runs out of hats? Who will she be then?

HAILEY’S HATS celebrates one child’s imagination, while challenging ALL children to take another look in the mirror to see the fabulous person looking back at them!

***Ebook on sale now for $2.99! Softcover also available! (***


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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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One thought on “BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Dream Dog by Lou Berger

  • April 18, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    I need that helmet. I’d imagine a couple of cats.


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