Review! Duke ‘N’ Matt: Rescue Road Warriors by Rhonda Paglia

dukenmattDuke ‘N’ Matt: Rescue Road Warriors
by Rhonda Paglia
Matt Pi, contributor
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by CreateSpace on August 5, 2014

Summary- Duke, a cute and friendly red beagle, tells the story of how he and his adopted human, Matt, help other animals by driving them all around the United States to be with their new families. Duke and Matt have been together since 2009. They rescue dogs from puppy mills, shelters and dogs that the owners can’t take care of anymore. This story tells kids how Duke and Matt work with many other volunteers to transport dogs to safe places.

What I Thought- This is a wonderful nonfiction story. It really makes you smile – partly because of the cute pictures of dogs in it, but also because of the happy story. It does mention puppy mills, but describes them in a kid-friendly way (the mommy dogs only have puppies, and they can’t leave their crates) – some of the dogs are not cared for correctly etc. Mrs. Paglia wrote a great story that informs you in a simple way about dog rescue, told from the point of view of Duke the beagle. The story covers a part of animal rescue that a lot of kids (and maybe some adults) don’t know about – how dogs are matched with adoptive or foster families, sometimes way across the country, and how the dogs get to their new families. There is a ton of resources in the back of the book that covers everything from what rescues are to definitions of terms to the geography of the United States! This is an uplifting, informative book that both adults and kids can enjoy.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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26 replies

  1. Sounds like a great book, especially for any family thinking about getting a dog. Great review, Erik!

  2. I must read this book. Our family is not currently owned by a precious pet. We enjoyed our many pets from dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and fish throughout the years. Should another dog be a part of our family, we will consider a rescue dog. Excellent review, Erik. ~Suzy Leopold

  3. Erik, Thank you so much for the wonderful review of “Duke ‘n’ Matt, Rescue Road Warriors!” Duke, Matt, and the other Rescue Road Warrior are amazing volunteers and I learned so much by writing their story. Thanks again for sharing this book with your fans!! <3 Mrs. Paglia ~ "Grammy Pags Stories"

  4. Yay, Duke. What an awesome helper for doggies like me! I had to be transported from Georgia to NJ so Mom could find me. Thanks Duke, and all the other people and dogs like you for helping us find moms to love us.

    Love and licks,

  5. This is fantastic, Erik. I’m going to use this in my next Shine a Light post.

  6. Sure wish more people had hearts like this.

  7. Yay! Peeps that rescue animals are the best. We <3 Rhonda and her stories.

  8. Sounds like a great book! Shining some light on some important work! Thanks Erik!

  9. It was so great to meet you today!!! We told Matt and Duke you had read their book. I really hope you can come to our event in June and meet the famous duo!!!

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