What I Loved:
I really enjoy seeing children’s books that help them to understand and manage their emotions. Adults struggle to handle their emotions sometimes, so helping a child to understand something can be extremely difficult. The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony is a wonderful book that introduces grief for a child in a way that is uplifting, and I loved that.
Gunner, a very special dog, is heading to work at the Hospice center. He enjoys helping people feel better when they are sick or sad. He meets Stella at the center, a young girl who is visiting her sick grandmother.
Stella and Gunner become fast friends, and Gunner helps Stella to understand her emotions and help her to feel a bit better. He promises to tell her more stories when they see each other again, which makes me think there might be more Poodle Pony books coming!
How I Felt:
I thought this story was written so that it is easy for a child to understand. It is told through Gunner’s perspective, which makes it fun for a child, but Stella’s emotions are easy to relate to.
The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony had great illustrations. They were bright and colorful, and really caught my daughter’s eye. I liked how well they portrayed the size of Gunner. He’s huge, and it was an additional fun aspect of this story.
Overall, this was a good book with a wonderful message about love and loss that is well-written for children. The illustrations were good, and the story was easy for a child to understand.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony for any child, but I think it would specifically resonate with a child that has had a recent death in the family or has a sick relative.
Where to Find This Book:
The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony: Gunner Meets Stella by Lynne McGlothlen publishes on June 2, 2020 and is available at these sites.
Gunner is a special poodle. He’s what you might call “amazing,” even!
Gunner can do all kinds of tricks, but his most important job is to help others when they are sick or sad. When Stella’s grandmother is sick in Hospice, Gunner is there to comfort her.
Just the Facts:
The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony: Gunner Meets Stella by Lynne McGlothlen
Illustrator: David Gnass
Page Count: 38 pages
Publisher: Mascot Books
Pub Date: June 2, 2020
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.