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Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite
Grubson Pug’s Christmas Voyage by Jane-Anne Hodgson is a fun adventure about a seafaring dog and his family. After his four pups share what they want for Christmas, Grubson decides to fulfill their wishes, daring to make a sea voyage at one of the most dangerous times of the year. With the help of his trusty and hearty crew, he must sail to three different countries, pick up the presents, and make it back home for Christmas before the worst of the winter weather sets in. Will he make it back and be a Christmas hero or lose everything, including his own ship and life?
The wonderful story of Grubson Pug’s Christmas Voyage is written by Jane-Anne Hodgson and illustrated by Sammy Jim. This is a terrific tale of a father’s big heart as he tries so hard to fulfill the wishes of his children, even risking his own life to please them. Along the way, he learns that there is more to helping them than just presents, and they learn a few lessons too. This is a fun read with some creative characters who are entertaining and lively. I particularly loved the cat Banzai, who dares to arm-wrestle even the biggest and toughest dogs. Adding to this magical story are wonderful sketches that bring visual life to Grubson’s journey. There is plenty of action to capture any child’s attention too. Grubson Pug’s Christmas Voyage is a great children’s book that could easily become a Christmas favorite for many families.