What does 2020 look like, through the eyes of the family dog?
Deegee the Corgi lives in a bright yellow house in Los Angeles with her family, the Lees. They live a happy life full of adventure, friends, and exploring new places.
All of that changes in the year 2020. Deegee can sense that strange things are happening. The neighborhood feels different. The Lees are home all the time. People are wearing masks outdoors. And there’s a sense of sadness in the air.
Deegee the Corgi follows the life of a Korean - American family as they live through the Covid-19 pandemic. Told from the point of view of the family dog, the story explores the fear, loneliness, and confusion families experienced — but also the love, strength, and hope that endured.
This delightfully illustrated children’s book will help parents talk to their kids about the 2020 pandemic — and remind them how the world came together to get through it.
Deegee the Corgi by Joann Song is the first book by this author. The premise of the book is to tell the story of the Covid pandemic through the eyes of the family pet. The story is supposed to explore “the fear, loneliness, and confusion families experienced — but also the love, strength, and hope that endured, including how the world came together through it.”
The concept of this book is cute. Children love animals and will enjoy the delightful illustrations that are in the book. Deegee is a smart corgi and talks about what is going on in the family, being general enough that most children will be able to relate. You do see the fear, loneliness, and confusion that the family experiences.
Unfortunately, there are several things that missed the mark for me. First, this is supposed to be a children’s book, but Deegee’s favorite trick is when Julie points two fingers at him, says “Bang! Bang!” and falls over. I do not find it funny, nor appropriate for a children’s book. Second, the author makes it a point to bash President Trump in this book. Again, for a children’s book, this is completely inappropriate (to me). It does not matter which side of the political fence you are on, bashing the President is not respectful and should not be taught to children. Third, the synopsis of the book says that the book will show “love, strength, and hope that endured,” yet this was missing from the book. I do not get a sense of hope, you can see how the family shows love and support to each other, but no hope. This book feels really heavy for children, and I know the pandemic is heavy, but there should be some lighter sides as well.
While this book is not for me, I do believe that children who enjoy pets will enjoy this story.
I am an avid book reader (book addict), I could literally spend all day reading and not get bored. We have books in every room except the bathrooms! I homeschool my children, was a teacher in public school before that, and also teach youth at my Church. I love learning new things through reading.