Kid’s books are aplenty, and these days, they’re often about animals. Dogs and kids are usually a lucrative combination.
So here we have writer Jennifer Schreiber using dogs to teach us how to handle bullying in her children’s book, Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park.
What did I think of the book?
I don’t like it.
The story is about a mutt who is ostracized by the pure breed dogs in the park, but after an “angel”- who is a deceased purebred dog- gives our hero the idea to dig up toys, and he rescues a purebred damsel in distress, he is accepted. It’s that same tired old story that tells kids how taking the high road wins in the end, or if you do something nice for the bullies, then maybe they’ll like you.
Bullies don’t change because you do something nice for them, and they don’t stop bullying just because you don’t fight back. Bullies change when they’re held accountable. Period.
Besides, if dogs were to bully other dogs, it wouldn’t be because of their breed. It would be because the dog’s butt smelled funny, or maybe because that dog had something they wanted. Dogs who bully other dogs don’t last long either; they’re reported to animal control and euthanized because they’re “dangerous.”
There is one thing I DID like about the book. The illustrations by John LaFree are great! I wonder if he’d be willing to collaborate with me on a children’s book?
Oh well, sorry Ms. Schreiber, but you didn’t really think anyone would buy a dog being a bully, did you?
Maybe you should have chosen cats instead.