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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
An old man with snowy white hair owned a small pet store on Washington Street. He had lots of pets; colorful birds, gerbils and snakes, frogs, fish, mice, kittens, and too many dogs. He wanted to sell some of them because they were driving him nuts. He came up with a wonderful plan to entice buyers and hung up a board which said: ‘Today only! All dogs are at half price!’ The Ugly Dog by Brian Ostrowski is about a little old dog that had been there for many years, but the old man was optimistic that it would find a home this time. The pet store was packed with people, but no one wanted the old dog. Will the ugly old dog find a home?
The story is adorable and the ugly old dog’s feelings are palpable to young readers. The illustrations are vivid and full of energy and life, and they make the story captivating. There is so much heart in the story that many readers will be able to identify with the ugly old dog’s plight. It is a good story for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries, and all animal lovers will enjoy listening to the story of the ugly old dog. Parents and grandparents can use it for bedtime story-telling. The rhyming verses give a good pace and movement to the story while reading, and it is a good way to introduce children to rhyming words. Children also learn about the different breeds of dogs.