JJ The American Street #Dog by Diane Rose-Solomon ~ Review

Hello, everyone! Paul here today with my review of JJ The American Street Dog, written by Diane Rose-Solomon and illustrated by Rachel Cellinese. I featured this book way back in  early November. You can read that post here. Well, now I’ve read it, and I wanted to share my review with you. As many of you know I am a dog lover. This particular book found its way into my heart not only because it is about dogs, rescue dogs in particular, but also because the dog’s name is JJ. Well, I adopted a rescue dog we named JoJo so you can see my attraction. I must admit that I was not disappointed, and I even shed a few tears while reading it (that’s good, right?). Okay, I’m going to go straight to the review with information about JJ following.





What I liked best: JJ, of course! Seriously, I love this dog. There are so many things I loved about this book that I’m having a difficult time picking what I liked best, But if I have to choose, I choose the wonderful lessons the author weaves into the tale. There are so many dogs that are in shelters or on the street looking for their forever homes that this book is really important. Everyone loves a dog, and most people want one, but when it becomes more than just a cute ball of fur often times they are abandoned. This book not only tells us the story of JJ, but it highlights some important facts about dogs. For instance, Maya’s parents stress to her that a dog = responsibility before they ever agree to get one. This is so true. It requires a lot of work and commitment, but believe me when I say that you will be paid back tenfold for your efforts. Maya’s question to Dr. Welles is another case of the great lessons the author highlights. Maya asks why the dog was on the soccer field and not with a family. Dr. Welles response is a great truth that children AND parents alike should know. Sorry to go on and on here, but I just loved this book.

What missed a bit: Nothing for me to report here. I loved the entire thing.

Overall: Great. I shed my first tear around page eight. As I read the author’s words, glancing from the pages to the custom calender of my adopted dog JoJo (who we lost in July) on my wall I couldn’t help it. I must mention how great the illustrations are as well. Ms. Cellinese did a superb job. Every image of JJ brought a smile to my face, although the one of JJ jumping up and down with Maya on page 30 might be my favorite. I recommend this book to everyone. People of all ages will love this book, and percentage of book sale profits will go to benefit animal rescue organizations.


I have to include a special note here. I just loved the dedication to JJ at the beginning of the book, and I want to reproduce it here for everyone to read. Enjoy!


“To JJ, who opened my eyes and heart to homeless and abused pets everywhere. May each and every one find the loving forever home they deserve.”

– Diane Rose-Solomon

Okay, now as promised, a bit about the book:

                                        By Diane Rose-Solomon
New Children’s Book About Animal Rescue Teaches Good Adoption Values
LOS ANGELES – JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House, winner of the Mom’s Choice Award, is the first book in a series by Diane Rose-Solomon. Children ages five to nine will identify with six-year-old Maya who has wanted a dog for as long as she can remember.  When her uncle finds a homeless puppy (JJ), Maya begs to keep him.  But her mom isn’t sure.  In the end, Maya and her family learn that adopting a rescue pet is a win-win.  JJ gets a loving home, and Maya gets the dog she’s always wanted.
JJ The American Street Dog is an exciting and uplifting, beautifully illustrated story that teaches kids and adults about animal homelessness, basic animal care, spay and neuter (worded appropriately for children), pet adoption, and the unconditional love people get from their family pet. Children also can draw a parallel between themselves and animals when they feel excluded, and learn that everyone matters.
The timing of the book is perfect as Los Angeles recently voted to ban the sale of commercially bred pets in pet stores.  Other major cities plan to follow suit.
            “I hope all children read this book and help homeless animals…” Paula Fasseas, Founder and Chair of PAWS Chicago (Pets are Worth Saving).
            “What a wonderful and heart warming story about a child’s first rescue pet…” Dr. Jessica H. Waldman, VMD, CVA, CCRT California Animal Rehabilitation.
            A little love makes the world better for everyone.  JJ The American Street Dog is an inspirational children’s picture book from Diane Rose-Solomon and illustrator Rachel Cellinese as she presents a story of young Maya, who wants to take in a homeless dog from the street and names it JJ. Teaching a lesson about strays and helping prevent dog overpopulation, JJ The American Street Dog is a must for dog loving kids picture book collections., recommended.”  James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review
Humane Society University:
Global Animal:
            This is the first book by Ms. Rose-Solomon, a Certified Humane Education Specialist. The topics of the next four books in the JJ series are: Basic training; Introducing a baby to a home that has a dog; The importance of service and therapy dogs; and Prejudice against certain breeds. She is available for speaking engagements. More reviews and interviews available on the website.
Publication Date: December 2012, ISBN: 978-0-9857690-1-7
Hard Cover $16.99:  32 illustrated pages: Trim: 8.5 x 8.5                 
SOP3 Publishing: Available online at http://www.sop3publishing.com/ and Amazon
A percentage of book sale profits benefit animal rescue organizations.

Paul R. Hewlett

Paul R. Hewlett is the author of the Lionel's Grand Adventure Series, beginning chapter books for children. He is also the co-author of the kidlit blog Sher A. Hart: Written Art. His debut book, Lionel and the Golden Rule, was released in December of 2011. He released his second book, Lionel's Christmas Adventure, in November of 2012. You can learn more about Paul and his books at his website: paulrhewlett.weebly.com.

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