Today’s Operation Story Share is a book for the younger crowd. It’s a cute little story called Not My Dog by Colby Rodowsky.
Here’s the cover blurb:
Ellie Martin’s parents have been promising for years that they will buy her a puppy when she turns nine. Now that she is eight, Ellie can hardly contain her excitement. But then Great-aunt Margaret moves into an apartment house that doesn’t allow dogs, and Ellie becomes responsible for her fully grown mutt, Preston. Thanks to him, she’ll probably never get her puppy!
Ellie refuses to accept Preston as her dog, no matter how charming and smart he might be. As far as Ellie is concerned, she’s just putting up with him until she can figure out what to do. And figure it out Ellie does—in a solution she never would have expected.
Even though this was a book about DOGS (don’t pay any attention to my tail flicking), I couldn’t help but like it anyway. The author nailed the disappointment we feel when things don’t turn out the way we planned, and realistically showed how sometimes the very thing we didn’t think we wanted turns out to be perfect after all.
If you know a young reader, I think they just might love Not My Dog by Colby Rodowsky. (Even though it could have also been about a cat. Just sayin’.)