Fenway and Hattie (paperback)
by Victoria J. Coe
AR Level 3.6, 4 points
Fenway and Hattie is about a little girl and her dog. Only, the little girl, Hattie, is growing up, and the dog, Fenway, doesn’t understand, and feels that he’s losing her. Fenway is a Jack Russell Terrier, which is a very intelligent and energetic breed. They move to a home with a huge back yard (“dog park”) and Fenway is faced with his nemeses… the awful squirrels. Hattie meets Angel, a girl next door who plays baseball, and they start playing together. It is clear to everyone but Fenway that Fenway is in desperate need of some training, and everyone’s frustration stems from lack of understanding. Did I mention the entire story is told from the point of view of Fenway? That is what makes this book; it’s (only) saving grace!
What I liked about this book is that it will get the attention of my lower readers. It is only a 3.6, and it is a cute story. I really like that the POV is that of a dog, because we often wonder what our pets (and babies) are really thinking. It doesn’t have a lot of higher level vocabulary, but readers are forced to make inferences and draw conclusions left and right due to the fact that a dog narrator doesn’t understand what is going on, but we as humans do!
What I didn’t like about this book is that I wanted to like it, but couldn’t really get into it. I got frustrated with Fenway, because he was being annoying. I didn’t blame Hattie for putting him in his own room and putting up the gate. I cans ay that as a grown up pet-owner, but I’m sure most people would see this as a cute, heart-warming story of a girl and her dog.
Book 41 of 40 (40 Book Challenge)