Tuesday 12 December 2023

Book ~ "Barney" (2020) Ellen Miles

From Goodreads ~ Lizzie Peterson is excited to watch her best friend, Maria, in an equestrian competition. As the horses get ready to compete, a curious dachshund races straight into the ring! 

When Lizzie finds that the puppy belongs to a family who is a bit overwhelmed, she decides to help them re-home Barney. But finding the perfect owners for this loud and peppy dog might not be so easy.

Lizzie is in elementary school. Her family, the Petersons, have a puppy named Buddy plus they foster dogs and help them find homes.

Lizzie's best friend, Maria, loves horses and Lizzie attends an equestrian competition that Maria is competing in. During it, Barney, a Dachshund puppy, runs into the ring barking at the horses. Barney's family includes a couple children and having rambunctious Barney is too much ... too much barking and too much energy. They make the difficult decision to let Lizzie and her family find him a new home.

Though this book is a quick read and directed at elementary-aged children, I found it entertaining. There is a learning experience and a puppy tip at the end. It is written in third person perspective and first person from Barney's point of view. It is the 57th in the Puppy Place series, which currently has 66 books in the series, and works as a stand alone.

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