On a dare from her best friend, nine-year-old Tawny gags down a piece of dog kibble. Suddenly she can hear and talk to dogs, including her own dog, an enormous and demanding Great Dane named Dinky. Dinky explains to Tawny that his fondest wish is to be a tiny lap dog and Tawny promises to help him become one. From helicopters to the five o’clock news, Tawny soon finds out what it means to make a promise to a friend. Along the way, her parents can’t help but question her sanity and her best friend Jenny turns into her worst enemy. If Tawny can just keep her own thoughts straight, maybe she can make things right in her family, get her best friend back, and decide for herself how she will handle having such a special gift. Kibble Talk, the first in the Kibble Talk series, is a funny and fast moving fiction story perfect for readers aged 7 to 12, or as a read-a-loud.
My take on this book:
Young and old alike are going to have a howling good time reading Kibble Talk by Cynthia Port!
Tawny is a fifth grader that never backs down from a dare so when her best friend Jenny dares her to eat a piece of dog food well she has can't help but do it. Once she does she finds that she can converse with dogs. When her dog Dinky a giant Great Dane reveals his one big dream of becoming a lap dog she knows she has her work cut out for her, but when the dog show comes to town she decides to enter Dinky in order to help him achieve his dream. One things for certain Tawny has her work cut out for her, can Dinky the Great Dane become the inner small dog he has always dreamed of?
I don't think I have ever read a book quite like Kibble Talk! It's a story that quickly appealed to me because of the cover, but after just a few pages I was hooked on the story and characters. Tawney is a funny character, she is just a bit shocked at the gift she has, and her dog Dinky has a way of getting her into trouble on occasion. The problems that crop up between her and Jenny seem very realistic, it even had me thinking back to my best friend in school and the squabbles that we had! I loved the resolution between the pair, and felt like there were a few positive life lessons that readers would learn about friendship and how important it is. I also felt like the interactions with Tawney and her family was wonderful, the author captured a typical family who really had things going on beneath the surface, things that Tawney seemed to miss until Dinky pointed it out to her. Ms. Port is a wonderful storyteller who has the ability to provide a visual feast of funny situations where Dinky was concerned. I found myself laughing out loud at his need for pink, it was really like his inner diva was unleashed, I could just see this huge Great Dane with pink polished nails trying to fit into a kennel that he could only get his head in to, and that's just how the entire story went, I was never sure what might happen next but I knew it would keep me laughing! This book is a perfect read for anyone. With catchy chapter titles and a plot where there was never a dull moment , it truly is a book that I really couldn't put down. Animal lovers are in for a real treat, but honestly anyone looking for a page turning laugh out loud read will be delighted with Kibble Talk as well.
Reviewed for Readersfavorite.com