Monday, June 22, 2009

Book Review - Penny & Rio the Mysterious Backyward Meeting

Title: Penny & Rio – The Mysterious Backyard Meeting

Written by: Jennifer Swanson

Illustrated by: Rosita Schandy & Neal Wooten

Ages: 4-8

Publisher: Mirror Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9822560-15

Published: February 2008

Softcover: 42 pages

Price: $18.99

Not in her nature to have a dog day afternoon, dog Penny finds herself on an adventure in her new backyard attempting to discover the purpose behind the peculiar nighttime meetings between several different animals. Unsuccessful in coaxing her sister dog Rio to assist in uncovering the truth behind the gatherings, Penny remains determined to prove the other animals are up to no good. Unexpected circumstances arise and along the way Penny learns not to judge a book by its cover and not to fall into prejudgment of someone’s actions.

Children’s author, Jennifer Swanson takes the reader on the journey of acceptance of others in an endearing nature without preaching. Coupled with Rosita Schandy and Neal Wooten’s vibrant illustrations and the talented storytelling of Jennifer Swanson it will have the reader cheering out loud time and time again as the adventures of Penny & Rio are read many times over.

There is no wonder Penny & Rio – The Mysterious Backyard Meeting is an award winning children’s book bestowed by 2009 Mom’s Choice Silver Award, 2008 Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Awards, and The Dove Foundation’s “Family Approved” Seal.

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1 comment:

  1. I love stories about animals, dogs especially. This one sounds like one my grandkids would enjoy. Congratulations on your award winner, Jennifer.

    Nice review, Donna.



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