Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
Puppy Pete’s Imaginary Jungle (Crochet Me a Story) by Rachel Hilz is a story about a crocheted puppy and his imagination. It’s raining outside, and Puppy Pete is bored with nothing to do inside. So he has a brilliant idea to use his imagination to create a game. Instantly, Puppy Pete’s living room becomes a jungle. No longer seeing a sofa, a table, and a lamp, he now sees a log, a cave, and a tree. Where will his imagination take him now that he is a lion in a jungle?
As a mother and a teacher, I absolutely loved this unique book. The beautifully crafted crocheted illustrations will definitely draw the attention of any child and no doubt their parents as well. I couldn’t take my eyes off each crocheted piece. And the story was beyond cute. I love that this puppy enjoyed his day in just his imagination. I think it’s so important for kids to see examples of using your imagination and how much fun it can be. Plus, children can see what a beautiful art crocheting can be. Most picture books are drawings or paintings or even digital art, but I have never seen crocheted art. Not only does it look absolutely amazing, but it’s also lovely to introduce kids to another type of art. Rachel Hilz’s Puppy Pete’s Imaginary Jungle brings crocheted art to life in this fun-filled story about the importance of having an imagination so you’re never bored. And if you’re like me, you may even want to take up a new hobby and start crocheting.