January 2011, Red Fox
160 pages, Paperback
Summary from Random House Children's Books
Melissa Wareham always wanted to work with dogs - and got her first job at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, cleaning out the kennels! Over the years she met thousands of lost pets, including mongrel Tulip, who liked to ride solo on the 159 bus, stinky Pepe le Pew who was in dire need of a bath, and Benjamin the lurcher, chosen to greet the Queen when she visited the Home.
It's a joy to read when people work hard and end up in their dream job. Melissa's enthusiasm and joy is clear. Even though her first job is hard work, full of muck and not pleasant for the nose, she doesn't care. She's so happy to be looking after her favourite animals. I needed lots of tissues for when she reunited lost dogs with owners, when she cared for dogs then had to hand them over, when she got her very first dog. This is a positive book showing hard work and the right attitude will get you everywhere, as well as a great insight into life at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
I give this book 9/10.
Check out reviews from Monday 11th April 2011, and Friday 15th April 2011 which will have tales based on dogs and cats from Battersea (links to follow)