Bodrik and His Adventures by Marta Styk

Image result for bodrik and his adventuresI came across this book because I happened to have the pleasure of meeting the author, Marta Styk. She passionately told me what the book is about and how the main character, a dog named Bodrik, was an actual dog that Marta and her husband, Igor, used to own. It was easy to fall in love with Bodrik when I was reading a book: a curious, kind, and loyal animal who loves his human family and world in general. Bodrik runs away from a farm to see a glimpse of the city life which turns out to be not all glitter after all. There is a happy ending and Bodrik goes back to what he likes most: rural life-style and his beloved owners. Great book to read with little ones! (Submitted by Mariya)

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Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami

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This short graphic novel was written in 2008.  It is hard to believe the beginning of the Great Recession is almost 10 years old.  For most Millennials this is a forgotten period.  Stargazing Dog, written at the start of the economic crises, takes us on a journey about two lives caught up in the economic uncertain time.  One is a divorced middle aged man and the other a middle aged Shiba Inu. We usually think of the economic crises of the last decade as effecting mainly North America but this story is set in Japan.  As the author states it was written to challenge the theory of “adapt or die”.  No doubt this is the saddest graphic novel I have read and is a must read for anyone who has loved a dog.  It is a short, but extremely powerful story which although can be read in a few minutes the impact it leaves will remain for some time. (Submitted by Shane)

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