Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review of " A New Name for Worthless: A Hero is Born"

A New Name for Worthless: A Hero is Born by Rocky Shepheard
Genre:  Picture Book

Description from Goodreads: Worthless is a chained dog who has never lived inside the house. He suffers through cold winters and hot summers only with the help of his two friends Otto and Sly Fox. His friends plot to free him and they set off on an adventure to look for a new life somewhere where there are no chains. They search for days in snow and ice until they find a place on the edge of a pond to hunker down for the winter. But fate intervenes and presents an opportunity for Worthless to finally prove to himself that he is worthy of love and a good home. Will Worthless have the courage to face his fears and become the dog he has always wanted to be?

Rachel's Thoughts:
Worthless is an abused dog who is chained up and ignored. He makes friends with a fox and otter who help him to escape. When he saves a human, he gets a new owner who loves him.

My 3 year old couldn't sit still through the whole book as it is a little longer than her attention span. She didn't understand the story, either, but she really enjoyed the pictures. My 6 year old really liked the book, especially the characters. I thought that it was a little too serious for children but my kids didn't have a problem with it so I guess it is just me! The message is an important one that all children should learn. 3 out of 5 stars.


This book was received to review.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think you're off in thinking it is a bit serious for young children. I read this book for review too and would suggest it is most appropriate for children of elementary school age. The illustrations were good and the story definitely has a good message that is suitable for a school age child. If you'd like to read my review, it is available at My Bookshelf.


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