Book Review: Drewsilla The Shelter Puppy by Karen Carew Oakes




Author: Karen Carew Oakes 
Publisher: Archway Publishing 
Pages: 22 
Genre: Children’s Picture Book 


When Drewsilla and her siblings are tiny puppies, an accident steals their mother away. A kind stranger rescues them and takes them to a shelter, where the staff works around the clock to care for the pack of newborns. Soon, her brothers and sisters begin to thrive. Drewsilla has a beautiful black coat, intelligent eyes, and ears that stand straight up. 

 Drewsilla, though, is scared. She seems afraid of everyone and everything and hides in the back of her cage when families come to visit. As her friendly siblings each get adopted, lonely Drewsilla remains. The staff even worries that she might never find a home. Then, one day, something amazing happens. 

The Johnsons come to the shelter to look at another dog and see Drewsilla, who miraculously finds the courage to stop hiding and say hello. All shelter dogs deserve the chance to find a loving family, and this is the true story of Drewsilla — how she overcomes her fears, finds her family, and gets a second chance at a happy life. 




My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. 

Drewsilla The Shelter Puppy is a sweet children’s book about a puppy who hides in the back of her cage in a shelter because she’s so scared. But when the Johnsons come to the shelter, she begs for their attention and they fall in love with her. Drewsilla can’t wait to go home with them!

This book is very short and could be a little longer. It is a sweet story though and it has colorful illustrations that should keep the attention of children. Parents beware: I can see a child wanting to adopt a puppy after reading this book.




Book Excerpt: 

Then one day, the Johnsons came to the shelter. They had looked on the shelter website for available dogs they wanted to see.  Drewsilla, was not one of them. It just so happened that they would have to pass directly in front of Drewsilla’s cage. As they passed something amazing happened. Drewsilla came to the front, stood on her hind legs, poked her nose out of the bars, and begged for attention. Mrs. Johnson bent over to see her. It was love at first sight. The Johnsons asked to open the cage so they could see her. 




About the Author 

Karen Carew Oakes, has been writing for many years and her articles have been included in the Lutheran Advent, as well as an article in several magazines. She is a mother and grandmother. She lives in Helotes, Texas with her two schnauzers Ella and Mackenzie. Her stories are based on true experiences her children encountered growing up. 

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