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My Review & Book Release: Just Me, Wrigley by Savy Leiser

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Just Me, Wrigley (Furever Home Friends #3)
Written & Illustrated by Savy Leiser

Wrigley loves to dance! She can shake her tail all over the animal shelter. But for some people, Wrigley’s rhythm isn’t enough.

Wrigley is a mutt; nobody knows what breed she is. When people come to the shelter looking for Dalmatians and labs and schnauzers, Wrigley wonders when it will be her turn.

Can Wrigley find the confidence to accept her mixed-breed identity and dance her way into a forever home?

 

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Just Me, Wrigley is the third book in the Furever Home Friends Series. I’ve had the privilege of being able to read and review them all. As a dog lover, owner, trainer and rescue advocate I absolutely love what Savy does with these dogs, and their stories! Not to mention, I adore how she uses these dog’s stories to teach children valuable lessons! It’s done beautifully! These books can be used for parents to read and discuss the questions at the end to get their children to open up about some very important feelings children deal with today. The books could be in the library, a lot of libraries now have a children’s reading time and this would be a wonderful book to read and discuss the questions with the children. My library has a dog that comes to one of the children’s reading hours, once a week. So I’m donating the first two books for that, and I will definitely be adding this one!
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Wrigley the dancing dog becomes insecure about who he is. He feels he needs to be like the other dogs, the lab or the schnauzer, to be adopted. But in the end he learns that it’s by being true to himself, it’s then that someone notices him and wants to give him a forever home. It’s a beautiful, touching story. By the end you want a Wrigley of your own!!
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Now, I HAVE to mention the artwork!!! It was so creative and well done!! It was fun and would definitely entertain those young brains, that are so creative and notice all the detail. I kept noticing certain pictures that I thought would really look nice framed. Savy Leiser did all the art work herself and this is the first book she’s illustrated. She’s a very talented lady. Savy, I’d suggest some of these as prints for sale, or bookmarks….or something!! They’re beautiful!!
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This is definitely a quality children’s book. I highly recommended it and give it all the stars I can!!!!

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Savy Leiser Head ShotsAbout the Author
Savy Leiser is a Chicago author with a strong passion for storytelling and an itching need to correct people’s grammar. In February 2016, Savy released her first book, a young-adult comedy called The Making of a Small-Town Beauty King. Her new children’s book series, The Furever Home Friends, was successfully funded on Kickstarter, and is now available to buy! The next Furever Home Friends book will release August 11, 2018. Her newest book, a new-adult novel called Sculpt Yourself, will be releasing in fall 2018 through Represent Publishing.

Savy also works as a writer for Halftime Magazine and teaches creative writing workshops at Open Books in Chicago’s West Loop. She holds a B.A. in Communication and a certificate in Creative Writing for Media from Northwestern University. Go ‘Cats!

Savy is currently working on earning her Master’s in Writing & Publishing at DePaul University.

Savy has a serious, incurable case of dog fever, which causes her to melt whenever she sees a cute dog. Fortunately, Chewie helps keep her dog fever in check. Her hobbies include screaming at Wildcats football games, marathoning Star Trek, impulsively getting tattoos, eating donuts instead of balanced meals, writing bad love poetry, doing weird photography of dolls, and listening to 80s one-hit wonders.
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Cover Reveal: Just Me, Wrigley by Savy Leiser

Today, The Furever Home Friends is revealing the cover for their new book, Just Me, Wrigley!

See the cover below!

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Wrigley loves to dance. She can shake her tail all over the animal shelter. But for some people, Wrigley’s rhythm isn’t enough. Wrigley is a mutt; she doesn’t know what breed she is. While others come to the shelter looking for schnauzers, labs, and Dalmatians, Wrigley wonders when it will be her turn. Can Wrigley find the confidence to stay true to herself and dance her way into a forever home?

Like with all Furever Home Friends books, 10% of this book’s profits will benefit no-kill animal shelters!

Just Me, Wrigley is currently available for preorder on fureverhomefriends.com, and will officially release on Amazon on Saturday, August 11!

What do you think of the cover? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Smile, Chewie (Furever Home Friends #2) by Savy Leiser

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First off the story of Smile, Chewie was absolutely adorable. But, it was also full of lessons for children and, in my opinion, for all of us. I loved the forward at the beginning mentioning what a forever home is and how unfortunately many dogs struggle to find their forever home. Then at the end of the story she wrote some really great discussion questions for parents, kids and dogs! The questions range from thoughts about shelter dogs to thoughts about feeling self conscious, being confident. How to help the homeless (whether people or dogs, depending on how you want to discuss it), and how to help shelter dogs. Wonderful questions to help your child to think about and open up and say what they feel. Just brilliant!!

I also have to give enormous credit to Christy Schneyman for the wonderful illustrations, they are so well done and perfect for catching a child’s eye!!

I am so impressed with this book, and think that Savy Leiser did such an amazing job putting it together!! I highly recommend it! I will be purchasing a copy for my cousin’s little girl, I know she will just love it!!

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*I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book, which I’m giving my honest review on*

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Princess Allee (A Furever Home Friends Story) by Savy Leiser

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Princess Allee starts out in the Forward saying, “A forever home is exactly what it sounds like: a home you can live in forever, with a family that will always love you unconditionally. Unfortunately, many dogs struggle to find their forever homes…As these dogs roam from place to place, they all have one wish: to find a family that will love them forever.”

What a wonderful beginning to this story. It starts out where Allee is dreaming of finding her forever home. She’s convinced that she is a princess and her forever home will be castle and she will have a crown and thrown. It’s such a cute story, and the illustrations make it that much more charming.

At the end of the story there are the questions for discussion with Parents, kids, dogs, etc. I love this aspect of these Furever Home Friends books. I think the question are well written and the story written well, so that parent and child could have a really open and heartfelt discussion. This book asked questions like, do you remember a time when things didn’t meet your expectations? How did you make the best of the situation? What are some difficulties siblings can face when trying to get along? How can they resolve them? And more! Just brilliant questions for discussions with your children. They will love talking about Allee so much, it will open them right up!!

Savy Leiser is quite exceptional at putting these books together, and I think that they are fabulously done!!! I would highly recommend the Forever Home Friends Stories. I have a few children in mind that I’m planning on buying them for.

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*I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book, which I’m giving my honest review on*