Book review: Mogie; 3 out of 5 stars #bookaday

Mogie the heart of the house book coverby Kathi Appelt; illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
Picture book
2016-2017 YHBA picture book nominee
Interest level: K-2
Reading level: 2.4
3 out of 5 stars


Mogie is the story of a service dog who doesn’t cut it for most of the jobs for dogs. He wasn’t cut out to be a service dog, flunked search-and-rescue, and didn’t last in the show ring. One day he ended up in a Ronald McDonald House and found his calling. He instinctively knows how to comfort and draw depressed children out of their shells and helps them find their “mojo.”

I recommend this book for young children in kindergarten through 2nd grade, who love dogs. By reading about Mogie, children will learn about some of the different jobs that dogs do. This is also a story about finding your place in the world. Based on a real dog named Mogie, this is a heartwarming story that will introduce young children to service dogs and children who get sick and have to go to a special house to get better.

I did struggle with how Mogie ended up in Ronald McDonald House. The story tells us that Ronald McDonald House does not allow dogs, and we know that Mogie failed at being a service dog. There is never an explanation of how Mogie ended up helping children. This is not necessarily a detail that children will question.

This book is a YHBA picture book nominee for 2016-2017.

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