Jeffrey Ebbeler’s silly George the Hero Hound will get kids giggling

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George the Hero HoundGEORGE THE HERO HOUND, by Jeffrey Ebbeler, Two Lions, March 20, 2018, Hardcover, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

George likes to make sure everything runs smoothly on his farm. He helps Farmer Fritz with most chores and keeps the sneaky cows in their pen. He even gets to take a nice nap in the afternoon.

Things are going pretty good for George until Farmer Fritz up and decides to retire. Not only does Fritz sell the farm, he sells all the animals, including George with it.

Now George has a new family, the Gladstones, to break in, and these city slickers have no idea how to run a farm. George vows to help get them up to speed, if only they’d learn his name!

George the Hero Hound is a cute book told from George’s point of view. The story is simple but sweet, and the illustrations are bright and inviting. Kids will love the Gladstone’s silly shenanigans and George’s can-do personality.

There are a few places where the text isn’t particularly needed — I can tell the tractor crashed through the fence without the word splashed in red letters across the page — and the talking bubbles could have been better incorporated, but otherwise, it’s a fun book to read aloud.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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