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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite
Tony the Theatre Dog: Puttin’ on a Show explores the world of theatre – well, specifically, what goes on backstage. Tony takes readers on a tour and introduces different important people who help run the show. While doing so, an unexpected problem unfolds before the cast and crew. Tony jumps to the rescue and all is well before the day ends This book is written by Glen Kinnaird and is illustrated by Livvy Porrill.
When I first saw Tony the Theatre Dog: Puttin’ on a Show, I was immediately attracted to it because it had two of my favorite things: dogs and theatre. I own thirteen pups and I love them like my own children. As for theatre, I have always had a fascination for this type of art ever since I was an elementary school student. Diving into the book was such a joy! Tony’s character was able to explain how each of the cast's and crew’s roles is crucial to run a successful show in the theatre. Glen Kinnaird wrote on a level that kids will not get confused and they will immediately understand what each person does in this line of work despite the complexity of his or her responsibilities. Theatre work is not for the faint of heart, after all!
There may be seriousness in the explanation but the author was still able to explain everything in a readable manner which means children will stay interested in the story. It will keep them hooked until the very end. It also helps that the illustrations by Livvy Porrill are beautiful. I don’t think children will be able to take their eyes off the book. It is just so artistic and stylish! Going even deeper, the story events were easy to digest and follow. It was also cool to learn about the inspirations behind the characters. Right after the story, there were pictures and explanations of the beautiful dogs owned by the writer himself and his family and friends. It is such an amazing book.