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While our Owner was away last week, she spent a great deal of time with a toddler. This, it seems, has had an impact on the reading material she brought home for this week’s book review: Koko’s Kitten by Dr. Francis Patterson.

At first we failed to see what this tail has to do with us at all. It’s the story of a Gorilla that communicates with sign language. Neat, we thought. But we prefer to type our bitchy thoughts up in this blog.

Then we go to the part where the Gorilla, Koko, adopts a kitten. Her story, illustrated with photographs, takes kids and adults through the emotional process of bonding with a pet and dealing with its death. It was touching.We recommend it for any kid with pets or that may get pets. It’s a great way to deal with the inevitable conversation about what to do when your dog has to go to the big farm upstate if-you-know-what-we-mean.

We will be curled up next to our Owner for the rest of the day. Partly because it is raining but also because, on rare occasions, even a kitten can make us all mushy inside.

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Sunday is for more than just book reviews. It’s also bath day. So we’re all wet and fluffy right now and not that happy about it.

What else are we not happy about? The fraudulent addition of melamine to wheat flour which was mixed into pet foods that caused the recalls of 2008. Say what now? Yeah, that’s right. We have a big vocabulary for a 2 ½ year old. We read all about it in Marion Nestle’s book Pet Food Politics, a book that reports the sad facts of pet food contamination, recalls, and the deaths from unsafe food.

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Pet Food Pozzzzzzzzzzzz

Sometimes we bite off more than we can chew. This review of Pet Food Politics will be a two parter, because when we read it, we tend to fall asleep. That’s not meant to be harsh criticism, just evidence of the fact that we tend to spend all our energy in Prospect Park and have trouble focusing.

Did we mention that we are only 2 1/2 years old?

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It’s not that I am illiterate (that would be Raleigh), it’s that I am in the middle of a dense, scientific book about the dog food industry, and I am not ready to preview my thoughts on the topic yet. Therefore, this week’s book review is another movie review. I think it’s 17 degrees outside, which is perfect weather for updating your netflix queue. You’re welcome!

Michelle Williams stars in Wendy and Lucy, a small, tear-jerker indie flick . And, why you may ask, did I cry? First and foremost, it was for Ms. Williams’ hair. People! you don’t douse a golden retriever in Clairol Nice’N’Easy Cocoa Brown.

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Sam Tanenhaus we are not. For one, we had a little too much fun last night to finish our serious review of serious literature. Secondly, it seems the fine city of Raleigh (expect that post on dog names soon…) got a bunch of snow, and a friend has sent us a video of her child playing in it, which we are watching on repeat. Aw!

So with that in mind, we turn our first critical eye on the literature of the young. Besides, Raleigh is two and half, so its not such low-hanging fruit if you consider that she never finished puppy kindergarten. (Actually I never signed her up).

P. D. Eastman’s Go, Dog. Go! is timeless. It’s also the only book I can think of with three different punctuation marks in the title, and a great way to teach kids about the difficulty of pleasing a man. No, really. This from the wikipedia entry:

Throughout the book, details in Eastman’s illustrations seem to invite the reader to notice the deeper significance of small things. The girl dog asks the boy dog if he likes her hat with its little flower: he does not; they part. Several pages later, we meet them again. Now they are riding scooters; she has a hat with a feather. Again, he does not like her hat, but as they part, he has made off with the feather. In their final meeting her hat is even more elaborate and finally meets the approval of the boy dog; in this way a relationship is developed between the characters despite the simplicity of the text.

See? Timeless. Available on Amazon.

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