Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy

Bash's dog Lucy coaches his team and does a really good job of it. Bash sometimes gets jealous when he has to share her though. When another team comes asking to borrow her it's the last thing Bash wants to do, but his heart wins over his jealousy. 

Having a daughter that is visually impaired this book really hit home with me. I was touched on so many levels. It was nice to see a children's book that discussed service dogs, their jobs, and how they help children. 

The characters in the book were well developed and came to life. The dialog was simple for children to read and follow. I can't say enough about the illustrations they were simply perfect and went along with the story. This book was just all together well written and good. I can't wait to see more in this series. 

I really think the messages in this story will hit home with children. I also like all the positive messages in the story, acceptance, over coming obstacles, friendship, and jealousy. It's not easy to be a good children's book author, but Lisa and Michael Cohn have it down pat! 

I received a copy of this book free in return for a review. All opinions are my own. 

Press release:

The new book, successfully funded by the Kickstarter, is “Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy.” It follows “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence,” a Mom’s Choice Silver Award winner and finalist, USA Best Book Awards. The Cohns, a mother and son pair wrote the first book in 2013 to overcome grief over the sudden death of their golden retriever, Lucy.

“This series, illustrated by the talented Heather Nichols, really helps Michael keep the memory of our dog, Lucy, alive in his heart,” said Lisa Cohn. “Michael, who loves helping write these books, rose to the challenge of integrating Tristen and his dog into the new ‘Bash and Lucy.’ He came up with the jealousy theme and created the entire plot line.”

The Cohns visit school children in Portland and via Skype, sharing their story and encouraging children to read and write. They also do “KidLit Chats with Michael,” during which book lover Michael discusses books with young children. Here’s an example:

In addition to Tristen and his service dog, featured in the book is Kickstarter backer Sniff Dog Hotel, which hosted a Dec. 7 book release party and fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society (OHS). The Cohns raised $350 for OHS at the book release party, about the same amount they raised last year at their first release party. Another backer was the natural pet products company “I and love and you.”

“For us, this project is about giving back—through our OHS fundraisers, to dogs who give so much to us-- and the companies and students who have been so enthusiastic about our books,” Lisa added. 

In “Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy,” Lucy helps coach Bash’s soccer team by kissing the kids and making them laugh, and even leads the team to the championships. But Bash is overcome with jealousy when Tristen (who has mild autism and epilepsy), says he wants Lucy to coach his Special Olympics team.

Said Doose, “My child, Tristen, who is intelligently challenged, was inspired to read by this book.”

Said Kirk Mango, National Champion, Hall of Famer, & author of “Becoming a True Champion” in an Amazon review, “In ‘Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy,’ authors Lisa and Michael Cohn take kids on a wonderful ride through a life lesson on jealousy, sharing, and compassion for others.”

Said Jessica Johnson in an Amazon review, “My kids and I love this book. It really shows all of the emotions that a person can go through, in the end it is a great conversation starter. The kids and I, talk about jealousy and what to do when we feel that way. They love that a little boy, younger then them, writes these books. It has really made them see that they can do anything in life that they want to. It is well written and thoughtful.”

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