#1097 – Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie and Salvatore Rubbino

cover-a-dogofourown Our Very Own Dog
Written by Amanda McCardie
Illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino
Candlewick Press   1/10/2017
32 pages   Ages 4—8

“There’s nothing more exciting than getting a dog! Join Sophie’s new family as they prepare their home for her and introduce her to life as a beloved pet. It’s so much fun to take her on walks, to teach her tricks, to play fetch with her—and most of all, to shower her with love!

“This is the perfect book for anyone who’s getting a new dog—or anyone who would like to!” [INSIDE JACKET]

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Have you ever wanted a dog? Are you thinking about adding a dog to your family? Then Our Very Own Dog is the perfect picture book with which to start your search. After reading the story, check out the end pages which have many of the dog breeds beautifully illustrated. Our Very Own Dog tells the story of Sophie, a rescue dog who finally finds a furr-ever home of her own. By reading her story, you can get a solid idea what it takes to care for your very own dog, of course there are easier dogs to take care like the ones raised by a michigan labradoodle breeders which are really educated and well behaved dogs.


Because Sophie cannot speak or write, her young girl tells her story. It begins when the young girl is a mere four-year-old and Sophie and she meet for the first time. They become fast friends, but dad makes Sophie nervous. Dad does the right thing by not initiating contact with Sophie or making direct eye contact. By reading the smaller, italicized text (from author McCardie), readers can learn specific things to do and say with their own dog. McCardie covers the basics young children can do and should know.

Our Very Own Dog is unique in its duel story—dog training arrangement. As example, at the dog park Sophie runs around and plays with new friends. In italics, McCardie tells readers to scoop up their dog’s poop, when and where a dog may be let off a leash, and with so many dogs at the park, it is a good place to let readers know there are more than 500 dog breeds, many mixed breeds. This is the informative nature of the author’s text as it runs inside the spread. McCardie also provides an index “about all these doggy things,” making it easy to find information on, for example, wagging, walking, and whiskers.


The mixed media illustrations are very detailed, giving everyone much to look at and find. I love the relaxed swooping and curving strokes that sometimes go past the outline of an object. This mimics the approach one often needs with a dog—a relaxed approach, patience, and fun sometimes in unusual and unexpected ways.

Young children will like Sophie’s story, which might begin just as their own dog’s story began. Many dogs—though not enough—find their furr-ever family while at a shelter or rescue. Children who have a dog can compare notes with the story, while those without a dog can learn what they need to know before adopting. Children will love the lighter moments such as when Sophie covers herself full of mud and then shakes herself off—spraying mud onto her family members. Our Very Own Dog will entertain and teach young children about dogs with usable information about taking care of a dog, like the use of fish oil for dogs with bad joints. Our Very Own Dog is a great place to start your search for your very own dog.

OUR VERY OWN DOG. Text copyright © 2017 by Amanda McCardie. Illustrations copyright © 2017 by Salvatore Rubbino. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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Our Very Own Dog
Written by Amanda McCardie
Illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino
Candlewick Press 1/10/2017

4 thoughts on “#1097 – Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie and Salvatore Rubbino

  1. This is my favorite book ever. Bar none! No, Mom has never read it to me or to herself, but there I am – right on the cover! ‘Nuff said. I predict Mom will buy this one as a gift for her friend Eme who wants a dog in the worst way. She comes to play with me for practice a lot till she gets a dog if her own. Also, Mom teaches kids about how to meet new dogs whenever we do therapy work or school visits. Thanks, S.

    Love and licks,

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    • Are you sure you didn’t write this book using a pen name? Therapy visits are so important. Thank you for making those rounds. A friend brought her dog to me when I was in physical rehab for a hip replacement and it cheered me up for several days–just thinking about the day the dog was there, or when she would return, cheered me up. ❤ Bravo to you, Cupcake, and to your mom!


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