Dog Park Book Giveaway
Written by Kathryn Kazoleas
Ages 6+ | 116 Pages
Publisher: Kathryn Kazoleas | ISBN-13: 9781777426118
Publisher’s Book Summary: Gibson the Labradoodle is about to begin her first day of training to become a dog park ambassador, something she has been dreaming about her entire life. Dog park ambassadors hold a very high honor within the dog park community and have many important roles to make sure the dog park is a fun and safe place to be. She has so many great ideas and cannot wait to get started.
While Gibson is training alongside lead ambassador and trainer, Meistro the bulldog, things don’t go as planned. Gibson meets challenge after challenge and isn’t allowed to introduce any of her new ideas. Being a dog park ambassador isn’t what she thought it would be, so she starts to question whether the role is really for her. At the end of her very first training shift, and just as she’s about to give up and tell Meistro she isn’t cut out to be a dog park ambassador after all, there’s an emergency at the river. One of the dog park’s new puppies, Clover, has swum too far out and cannot get back to shore.
Gibson’s best friend and greatest supporter, Stretch the dachshund, convinces her she must help. Gibson springs into action, with Stretch at her side and encouraging her the entire time. Gibson saves the day…almost! Having been swept downstream and far away from the dog park, Gibson is forced to lead the trio back to safety. There’s only one way back through a dark forest with strange sounds and smells. The sun is starting to go down and everybody is tired and scared. But Gibson knows she has to get her friends back home, despite what or who gets in her way.
Gibson is an instantly lovable character. She is so eager to do well at her dog park ambassador training that she even made sure her human gave her a bath the night before. “Although Gibson didn’t really understand what all the fuss over the smell of shampoo and clean fur was about, she knew the humans liked it.” And since ambassadors not only make sure all the dogs in the park get along, but also make sure the humans feel welcome - the bath was a great idea. Unfortunately, her trainer is an older bulldog who seems a bit stuck on his own dignity and won’t let her try out any of her ideas. It turns out to be a discouraging day that has Gibson rethinking her desire to be an ambassador. But when Clover, the puppy, gets washed downstream while playing in the water, Gibson shows what a real ambassador can do. With her pal, Stretch the dachshund, and Clover depending on her to help them get home again, Gibson will use all her skills to lead them back to the park and their humans. Clover seems to think it is very exciting, “Adventure with the big dogs! Wait until I tell all my friends! They’ll be so jealous!” and readers will agree. This is a wonderful book for kids who enjoy animal stories with satisfying endings. It also shows the power of perseverance and how important it is to be true to yourself. If Gibson had been exactly like her mentor Meistro, she would never have been able to save Clover or be the hero of the dog park.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathryn Kazoleas is a Canadian author. Her furry roommates and copy-editors Keeva the cat, as well as Koa and Freddy the labradoodles, inspire her stories every day. The way they see and experience the world inspires her to dream up and express what she can only describe as fun, chaotic, and innocent adventures. Kathryn has been writing for many, many years, with her most recent work being the middle-grade chapter books “Dog Park” and its sequel “Dog Daycare”. Her short story “Just Be There” can also be found in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s “My Hilarious, Heroic, Human Dog”.