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Updated on January 25, 2015

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein is a beautiful book. And I don't mean physically (although any cover with a dog on it wins me over). I mean that it has a beautiful heart of a story. It is the story of Enzo the dog's life is full of small adventures with his small human family. A superhero of a dog, Enzo is philosophical, and emotional. Aware of things his human counterparts wish they could be. His relationships (or lack thereof) with his human family adapt the story to something everyone can relate to.

Although a tearjerker, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" will have you smiling and laughing. Any pet owner will be able to connect with Enzo's human like personality. The frustration in not be able to communicate his thoughts and feelings with his human family makes the reader think "how do dogs think and feel", "what kind of things do they wish they could do" "What is my dog thinking about right now."

If you are a racing fan, a dog fan or a pet owner, this book is for you. Garth Stein's writing style is fluid and easy to read. The book is easily finished within a couple days. Some amazing philosophy comes from one little dog. Enzo comes off as a character that is full of life, emotional, friendly and smart.

Be ready to cry and giggle. with this wonderful novel. I would recommend this book to everyone. It's a great book for book clubs to. Go read it! Just look into the eyes of the dog on the cover and say no.

Myst Trilogy

"If you act for self-gain then no good can come of it. If you act selflessly, then you act well for all and you must not be afraid."

- Rand Miller, The Book of Atrus

What if you could not only picture what happens in a book but travel throughout it's pages?

"The Myst Reader" by Rand Miller contains all three of the Myst series of books. The Book of Atrus, The Book of Ti'ana, and The Book of D'ni.

Although I am not usually a big fantasy reader, the Myst books captivated me and transported me into the intricate worlds of the D'Ni. Originally based on the bestselling computer games of the same name "Myst", "Riven", and "Myst III: Exile" , the Myst stories will captivate the reader whether they have played the game or not.

The first book explores the lineage of the game starting with Atrus, a young boy who fantasizes about the world he comes from. His long lost father soon gathers his boy to teach him of his history and even how to write his own D'Ni books. But troubles between the boy and his father soon arise.

What happens when one not only creates a new world, but a new people? Is the creator responsible for them, or is it alright to simply experiment? Are people, in a book, considered "real" people?

A great book for fans of the computer game, fantasy readers, teens and book lovers of all kind.

"It was like peering into the volcano on a moonless night. You could see nothing, but you might imagine everything. That was the thing about darkness-the way it refused to remain a simple absence. Unlike snow, the darkness took on all forms-thousands of forms-for the dark was fluid"

- Rand Miller, The Book of Atrus

Llama drama in Anna Dewdney's "Llama llama red pajama!

"Llama llama

red pajama

in the dark

without his mama.

Eyes wide open, covers drawn...

What if Mama Llama's GONE?"

Fun Fact!

Llama Llama Red Pajama was chosen as Jumpstart’s Read for the Record book in 2011, setting the world’s record for most readings of a particular book on one day.


Scholastic Parent and Child “100 Greatest Books for Kids” award winner;

Bank Street "Best Children’s Book" recipient;

Missouri Building Block Award winner;

National Public Radio pick;

Carolina Children's Book Award Master List winner (picture book category).

So check out "Llama Llama Red Pajama" and follow along to see why there is so much drama! (It'll make you giggle too!)

In this whimsical Anna Dewdney picture book, Llama is getting ready for sleep. But when he calls for his mama she doesn't come. Where is Mama Llama?!

"Llama Llama Red Pajama" makes for magical story time story. The illustrations are funny and bright. The rhyming text is written in a few sentences per page, in a large font which make it easy to read along.

It will be a bedtime favorite for many children and adults.

Also in the Llama Llama collection:

Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop

Llama Llama Zippity-Zoom

Llama Llama Wakey-Wake

Llama Llama Nighty-Night

Llama Llama Mad at Mama

Llama Llama Misses Mama

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Llama Llama Home with Mama

Llama Llama Time to Share

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

If you liked "Llama Llama Red Pajama" you may also like;


-The Kissing Hand

-Piglet and Mama

-Just me and my Mom

What is you favorite book?

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      4 years ago

      Walking My Dog Jane by Ned Rozell is a goodie. Love dog books!

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      Erin Mellor 

      4 years ago from Europe

      I really enjoyed this book, having been given it as an emergency read for a flight. It kept me thinking long afterwards.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 

      4 years ago from Northern Virginia

      I loved this book! I actually listened to it on a long road trip home a few years ago, and never looked at my dog, LolaBelle, the same way again! I have found myself thinking back to scenes in this book when she looks like she is trying so hard to tell me something. This book was based on a true story and had me, and my husband, laughing and tearing up simultaneously. Having the book told from the dog's point of view was genius!

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      Scott A. Butler 

      4 years ago from England

      Thank you for reviewing this. I hadn't heard of it and it sounds interesting.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      4 years ago from Concord VA

      I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain, but I guess my favorite would be A Dog's Purpose. Both books are awesome and inspirational. Great review.

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      4 years ago

      I can't place the name of it right now but it was about a Great Dane. This one looks like fun to read too.

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      4 years ago from Ottawa, ON

      @Ruthi: It's such a sweet story. You won't regret it.

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      4 years ago

      I think I would like to read this book about Enzo, the dog. The video was delightful, thanks for including it as part of the book review.


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