Title: A Dog Dreams of Paris: From Rescue Dog to Diva
Author: Barbara Barth
Genre: Gift Book/Children
Format: Paperback (also available as ebook)
Length: 52 pages
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Gilbert Street Press
A Dog Dreams of Paris From Rescue Dog to Diva
BOOK REVIEW by M.C. Simon
Once upon a time, there was a dog that needed to be rescued. Her name was April, and she became the main character in this book. April, the lucky dog, was adopted by Barbara Barth, a writer and published author who happened to have four other dogs when she decided to bring April on the scene.
The idea of transforming April into a hero came while having a photo shoot. Barbara Barth noticed that April looked like a Diva. From that point until the moment when April became Miss April, it took only a blink of an eye.
I did this bit of research prior to reading the book. I did it because I was curious to know more about the story behind the story in the book.
“A Dog Dreams of Paris” is written as a diary… April’s dream diary.
Can a dog dream? Who can ever know for sure? Why not? And if a dog can dream, who says that it can’t dream about being in Paris? When I started reading the fully illustrated book, I was curious to see how the author would put April’s dreams into words.
Of course, I will not give you details about the trip in Paris. This, you will have to find out for yourself. But I will tell you that I enjoyed the pictures very much. Moreover, being a dog, April senses everything through her smell. I almost could smell Monet’s water lily garden also. In case that you are wondering who Monet is… well… it seems that April arrived into the gardens of one of the most famous painters that the world has ever known.
The book amused me seeing what “adventures” the main character had while making new friends abroad.
Even if this is not a humorous book, I found myself smiling many times. When I finished the read, I was sure that the book would bring smiles to any child and adult who reads it. The adults will surely enjoy the cultural part of this renowned French city while the children will certainly love the short stories and photos with the pets and flowers that can be found in Paris.
“A Dog Dreams of Paris” attracted me mainly because it was written in an original style. Moreover, the fact that the income from the sales will be donated to rescue animals makes me want to take my hat off to the author. Oh… it’s about my hat and not April’s hat. Did I mention that everything started because April had a hat… “a pink chapeau with a silk rose on her head”?
Five stars from me for this unique book.
Meet April, a rescue dog turned Diva, in this charming picture book for dreamers of all ages. This fantasy dog memoir is April’s travel diary on places she would visit in Paris. April was the sixth dog adopted by author Barbara Barth. She had trouble finding her place in the pack and sat quietly watching the other dogs. During a photo shoot for an Easter blog post, a vintage pink hat, complete with a large silk rose, was placed on April’s head. She wore the hat with style and transformed from April to Miss April in Paris. For a few months she had a blog of her own, where she dreamed of visiting the city of lights. April has completed her Paris diary and is sharing it with you here.
Just Thought You Should Know: A portion of all book sales will be donated to animal rescue.
Barbara Barth likes a lot of things: turquoise jewelry, surfing the ‘net, and margaritas, to name a few. Then there are the dogs. As many as her house can hold! After her husband died she recorded the year that followed in a series of essays that became her memoir The Unfaithful Widow. When she isn’t writing you can find her at the local thrift shops or pounding another nail into the wall to hang the paintings she can’t resist. She published a romance novel Danger in her Words before one of her dogs, Miss April in Paris, insisted it was HER turn to write a memoir. Miss April in Paris now refers to Barbara as “my secretary”.
M.C. Simon is an author, blogger, project manager and researcher. She loves to study different subjects and different domains. This passion helped her succeed in her first year of becoming a blogger and a published author, starting from the ground level. [Learn More]