Children’s Book Review: The Little Labradoodle Puppy Pickup Day
It’s Puppy Pickup Day! Follow this tiny puppy with a huge heart as he overcomes his insecurities and discovers the power of kindness, friendship and love.
Have your children ever came home and told you that the kids at school did not want to play with them? I have. Being a mother to a child who has been bullied and has been singled out at school, I always hate having the conversation about why others don’t want to play with her. This is such a hard topic for me to discuss with her and I don’t always have the perfect words for her.
That is why Little Labradoodle – Puppy Pickup Day is ideal for teaching children all about accepting themselves but also being kind to others even when others are not towards you. In the book The Little Labradoodle Puppy Pick Up Day, Brady also feels left out as all the puppies play. He is too small to catch balls and too small to get on the slide. So Brady tries to make new friends, but unfortunately, he gets lost. Readers follow Brady’s journey as he finds his way back home but not before making some new friends and learning how to be courageous and learning some valuable lessons on the way!
The Little Labradoodle Puppy PickUp Day is a beautiful children’s book that any child and parent will love to read. This book is filled with underlying messages that all children can relate to. This book teaches children about kindness, friendship, and love. Author, April M. Cox helps young readers develop language through clever rhymes in her book. Rhyming is essential in helping children not only learn language but also learn listening and concentration skills necessary for brain development and memory.
The book is beautifully illustrated by former Disney illustrator, Len Smith. As we follow Brady’s journey back home, the illustrator depicts these scenes with vivid and eye-catching illustrations that both parents and kids will love.
This heart-warming story has quickly become a favorite in our home. We are animal lovers and being able to read a story that features one of our favorite animals is a plus. This book teaches kids valuable lessons, and as a Mother, it is always important to read books with my kids that have meaning. Acceptance, compassion, kindness, and respect are important values I want to teach my children, and this fantastic book helps me do that.
Why and How to Use it With Your Kids
- Great gift to give a child of any age
- Use alongside coloring books that can be DOWNLOADED or PURCHASED
- Literacy Guide (PRINTABLE) for Teachers, Homeschoolers & Parents
- Children will learn perseverance, courage, and acceptance of self and others
- Use in conjunctions with the official Little Labradoodle Puppy Pickup Day AUDIO BOOK
- Make your children honorary members of the Little Labradoodle K.L.U.B
- Use in a variety of settings including in homes and classrooms
- Cuddle up with your child and their very own Little Labradoodle as you read the book together
Where can I Find The Little Labradoodle Puppy Pickup Day Book?
The Spanish Version of The Little Labradoodle Puppy Pickup Day Book Is Now Available!
About the Author
April M. Cox was born and raised in Rhode Island. She has spent a majority of her life in Rhode Island and attended college in Massachusetts and Connecticut. April is a Wife, Mother, Grandmother of four and a lover of labradoodles. As evident in her stories! Her passion is to inspire young people and turn Little Labradoodle Publishing into a brand that helps dreams come true for many aspiring authors.
Rapid Fire with April M. Cox
Q. What inspired your journey to become the Author you are today?
April: My grand kids inspired me. I rediscovered picture books after they were born and loved the intimacy of reading with them.
Q. Describe what your ideal writing space looks like?
April: I typically do my best work sitting in my recliner with a laptop on my lap. That’s where the kids sit with me to read and my labradoodles hop up and that’s how it all began for me… making up stories with the grand kids – especially about the doodles.
Q. What type of books do you write?
April: I write children’s picture books and have many coloring and activity books (kids and adult).
Q. What is the title of the latest book you have written?
April: Puppy Pickup Day Picture Book and the Companion Coloring Book.
Q. Where did you find the inspiration while writing this book?
April: It was inspired by my Labradoodle, Brady and my grand kids. They are all in the book!
Q. What does your creative process look like?
April: I like to make up stories for the grand kids and I brainstorm and write down the story and read it to the grand kids and get ideas. They are great at telling me the truth about whether they like it or not. Then I have beta readers and an advisory group that I use to get broader feedback. I have a strong editor and work with my illustrator, Len Smith to create the characters and begin bringing the book to life.
Q. What advice would you give to a new writer?
April: Do a lot of reading in a number of genres, especially the one(s) you want to write in. Join a community of like-minded people and mentor(s) to help you get there.
Q. What do you love most about being an Author?
April: I love creating something that brings families together. There’s nothing like the feeling of a child melting into your lap or snuggled up against you at bedtime ready to read their favorite book. That’s what I love as a grandmother and it’s what makes my job so rewarding.
Q. Can you tell us about one of the most rewarding moments you have had as an author?
April: Recently Jayden sent me a story that he wrote himself. It was only a handful of sentences, but brought his Mom to tears. Why? He is Autistic and has a very hard time writing. He and I have been corresponding after the first time his Mom emailed me telling me how much he loved the book. She was excited that it held his attention and he was able to read it for himself. It lifts my heart knowing that I am making a difference.
Q. Are you working on anything at the present that you would like to share with your readers about?
April: My next story is in progress. It is titled: Join the KLUB – No bullying allowed. KLUB stands for something special. K – for Kindness, L for Love, U for Unity and B for Bravery.
A little More about Join the KlUB- No bullying allowed.
April M. Cox’s latest work in progress, Love, Unity & Bravery: Join the Klub – No Bullies Allowed is about the sweet little Labradoodle, Brady and his friends as they face bullying and isolation. Brady and his friends are empowered to create a “klub” to stand up against bullying.
Join the KLUB – No bullying allowed will be going to illustrations later this month. Author April M. Cox is seeking beta readers. If you are interested in joining the movement against bullying or would like to read more about this book please check out this POST.
About the Illustrator, Len Smith
Len Smith is a self taught children’s book illustrator who started his career in animation. He was born and raised in California and grew up watching his dad draw at the kitchen table. Len’s father received a scholarship to Chouinards Art School but chose to became a carpenter instead. After seeing how hard his father worked, he decided to pursue drawing as a career.
Most of Len’s book illustrations have been for Disney Publishing and Golden Books. So, mostly
books related to Disney characters and film properties. The Little Labradoodle-Puppy Pick-up Day is the first of hopefully many independent books for Len. Len works from the comfort of his recliner on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil in the Procreate app. If you would like to learn more about Len Smith you can find him on INSTAGRAM or on his WEBSITE.
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All in all, my family and I have really enjoyed this book and we know you will too! Please feel free to leave me any comments or questions about this review. I look forward to hearing from you!
*This book was kindly sent to me by Author, April Cox in exchange for an honest review.