Picture Books

Dog Band


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Worth reading 😎

Best for children who love animals and being introduced to a lot of musical instruments.

Regan Macaulay is an award-winning author of several novels, short stories, and children’s literature, including her newest book Dog Band, which is illustrated by Wei Lu.

In Dog Band, Alfie has a dream to start a band. He decides to ask his best friends to join him, to which they agree. Unfortunately, they cannot decide what kind of music to play. They decide to ask their friends for suggestions on the music they should play. They have many friends, so they get many suggestions. Will their friends help them decide what kind of music to play?

Dog Band is an interesting story. The illustrations are colorful and engaging. I like that the reader is introduced to a lot of different kinds of music and instruments. The story teaches problem-solving in a healthy way.

I wanted to love this story; I thought the concept was cute and loved the cover illustrations. However, several things did not work for me. First, the introductions to the different friends were too long, and in some cases, too complicated to pronounce for most young children. The reference to poodle-skirts and the 1950s will not make sense to any child reading this book. Second, it felt like too many animals, so I lost interest in the story. Finally, the book did not come to a satisfactory ending. Most children will not like that. The age that the Dog Band is geared to, will still have an adult reading to the child, or with the child. This is not a book that I would ever choose to read aloud, for the reasons already mentioned.

Children who enjoy books with animals will enjoy the colorful illustrations and the many animals that are introduced in the Dog Band. While this book was not for me, I am sure that others will enjoy it.

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Alfie, Tubby, Ollie, and Raxl have created a band - Dog Band! Alfie is the lead singer and guitar player, Tubby plays bass, Ollie plays the drums, and Raxl is the back-up singer and can play many instruments.

But there is one problem - They don't know what kind of music Dog Band should play!

So they enlist their assortment of animal friends (from dogs to frogs!) to help them figure it out.

About the author

Regan W. H. Macaulay is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, children's literature, and scripts. She's also a producer and director of theatre, film, and television. She is an animal enthusiast as well, which led her to become a Certified Canine and Feline Massage Therapist. view profile

Published on March 23, 2021

Published by Iguana Books

0-1000 words

Genre: Picture Books

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