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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale by Kimberly Sentek is a delightful storybook for children that revolves around Nico and Tugger, two dogs. Nico was the only dog in the house till Tugger was brought home. Nico thought Tugger acted like a baby. He cried at night, took Nico's toys and drove him crazy. Nico got all the scolding for what Tugger did and his puppy pranks didn't impress Nico. Tugger looked at Nico as the brother he'd always wanted. The story is told from the perspective of both Nico and Tugger and it teaches readers to understand and accept their siblings and friends in a better way.
The story is warm and adorable and readers will fall in love with Nico and Tugger. The illustrations are excellent and they give a good pace and movement to the story. It's a good bedtime storybook for children and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The message in the story is warm and will definitely encourage children to accept a new person, at home or anywhere.
I found the story relatable and the rhyming verses make the book lyrical and fun to read. The book also highlights the bonding between the two dogs nicely. The feelings of the older dog Nico when new pup Tugger comes home throw light on sibling rivalry and how children can feel about new additions to their families. An adorable story that tackles the theme of acceptance and bonding beautifully.