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Did You Say Pasghetti? written by Tammy Fortune introduces the adventurous characters of Dusty and Danny. Dusty is Danny’s best friend and loyal dog. Dusty sees all the hidden talents of his boy wonder. Danny is great at soccer and gives the best hugs ever. One day Danny returns home from school very sad. Crying, Danny tells his mother, “I hate school!” Sometimes the letters get mixed up, he often forgets things or says the wrong word. His classmates laugh at him, and Danny becomes frustrated. Dusty knows that Danny is really smart, and wants to help Danny. After visiting a special reading teacher, Danny and his mom find out Danny has dyslexia. With the help of a tutor and Dusty, learning becomes easier for Danny. Danny and Dusty learn that with practice and hard work you can learn anything.
Tammy Fortune uses her years as a special education teacher to pen an amusing and educational children’s book. Did You Say Pasghetti? Dusty and Danny Tackle Dyslexia removes the stigma of learning differently. Using Dusty the dog to tell the story is a brilliant touch. The relationship between a boy and his dog is always one of a kind; dogs see and sense what others do not. It is obvious the author is a dog lover! The title brought a smile to my face, so many little ones say “pasghetti.” Fortune educates the reader in a fun-loving manner on a serious subject. The theme of “never give up” when you are challenged speaks volumes to both young and old. The illustrator, Pieter Els, did an awesome job. The colors are bright and bold and follow along with the text perfectly. The Discussion Questions and the hidden mystery puzzle are wonderful inclusions as well. We can all use the devotion of a trustworthy friend and the self-confidence that comes when overcoming and learning new things. Did You Say Pasghetti? reminds us that sometimes learning is hard, but if we take the time to train our brain we can accomplish anything.