The Villa Dog by Ruth Zavitsanos is a children’s book that was simply delightful! Of course I’m such a dog lover as most of you know so having a dog as a main character just made me smile. I was lucky to listen to the audiobook which is narrated by Greg Salinas. It’s very short at just under an hour but I enjoyed the story so much that I listened to it twice! The Villa Dog is a heartwarming and feel good story that is perfect to share with your kids or even on your own!
From the very beginning of The Villa Dog I felt transported to the olive groves of Tuscany and into the life of a very special dog. Sole is the villa dog and he loves to meet and greet the families that come to vacation there. He always makes sure it’s a family that loves dogs and then he spends his time with them making sure the kids are safe and of course getting treats and hugs. It is a dog’s life after all. Even more than that though is that Sole likes to make people happy. When Issy arrives he senses right off that she is sad and he makes it his mission to find out why and to make her happy instead.
This short little book really highlights the loving and healing nature of dogs. Just petting a dog can make a person feel better and Sole personifies that. Stay tuned because Ruth has two more books about dogs and I’m going to review them over the next few weekends. The Villa Dog made me smile and while I enjoyed it immensely I can’t help but think how much more fun I would have had sharing it with a little one!
I discovered this wonderful feature over at Kathy’s website but it’s actually hosted over at Booking Mama. It’s called Kid Konnection and it posts each Saturday so I’ll be linking up my children’s books there. If you have a post relating to a children’s book, middle grade or young adult from the last week head on over and you can participate too!
Source: Review copy provided by the author. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.