Book Review + Giveaway: Dog Park

Title: Dog Park | Author: Kathryn Kazoleas | Genre: Chapter Book | Publisher: Kathryn Kazoleas | Release Date: May 2021 | ISBN: 9781777426118

Publisher’s Book Summary: Gibson the Labradoodle is about to begin her first day of training to become a dog park ambassador, something she has been dreaming about her entire life. Dog park ambassadors hold a very high honor within the dog park community and have many important roles to make sure the dog park is a fun and safe place to be. She has so many great ideas and cannot wait to get started.

While Gibson is training alongside lead ambassador and trainer, Meistro the bulldog, things don’t go as planned. Gibson meets challenge after challenge and isn’t allowed to introduce any of her new ideas. Being a dog park ambassador isn’t what she thought it would be, so she starts to question whether the role is really for her. At the end of her very first training shift, and just as she’s about to give up and tell Meistro she isn’t cut out to be a dog park ambassador after all, there’s an emergency at the river. One of the dog park’s new puppies, Clover, has swum too far out and cannot get back to shore.

Gibson’s best friend and greatest supporter, Stretch the dachshund, convinces her she must help. Gibson springs into action, with Stretch at her side and encouraging her the entire time. Gibson saves the day…almost! Having been swept downstream and far away from the dog park, Gibson is forced to lead the trio back to safety. There’s only one way back through a dark forest with strange sounds and smells. The sun is starting to go down and everyone is tired and scared. But Gibson knows she must lead her friends back home, despite what or who gets in her way.

My Thoughts: From the unique viewpoint of a labradoodle named Gibson, Dog Park takes young readers on a wild ride through the neighbourhood park, across a ranging river and deep into the scary woods after dark. All Gibson has ever wanted is to be a dog park ambassador. So, there’s nothing Gibson won’t do to prove she is ambassador material. But when everything goes wrong, how can she save her new job?

Dog-loving children will delight in this is a fun, encouraging, young chapter book. The story focuses on dogs and their duties, brushing aside owners and human interaction in favour of things that are important to dogs, like sticks, of course. But self-doubt, obstacles and the waning support of her new boss make her feel like she’s not cut out for the job. With her best friend, Stretch, by her side, Gibson gives it her all and learns that hard work, perseverance and belief in yourself are more important than any job.



About the Author: Kathryn Kazoleas is a Canadian author. Her furry roommates and copy-editors Keeva the cat, as well as Koa and Freddy the labradoodles, inspire her stories every day. The way they see and experience the world inspires her to dream up and express what she can only describe as fun, chaotic, and innocent adventures. Kathryn has been writing for many, many years, with her most recent work being the middle-grade chapter books “Dog Park” and its sequel “Dog Daycare”. Her short story “Just Be There” can also be found in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s “My Hilarious, Heroic, Human Dog”.

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One (1) grand prize winner receives: A signed copy of Dog Park + a signed copy of Dog Daycare.

Two (2) winners receive: A signed copy of Dog Park.

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Tour Schedule

Thursday, January 5, 2023
The Children’s Book Review
Tour Kick-Off

Friday, January 6, 2023
The Fairview Review
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Monday, January 9, 2023
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
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Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Because I Said So
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Wednesday, January 11, 2023
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Thursday, January 12, 2023
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Friday, January 13, 2023
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Monday, January 16, 2023
My Reading Getaway
An interview with Kathryn Kazoleas

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Lisa’s Reading
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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Cover Lover Book Review
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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Twirling Book Princess
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Friday, January 20, 2023
Me Two Books
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Monday, January 23, 2023
J.R.s Book Reviews
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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
The Momma Spot
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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Book Zone Reviews
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Thursday, January 26, 2023
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Friday, January 27, 2023
The Review Wire
An interview with Kathryn Kazoleas

A sincere thank you to the author for a review copy of the book read in partnership with The Children’s Book Review.

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