Furever Home Friends series — book review

Hi guys! If you’ve been checking in all week, you know that this week is Savy Leiser week here! I had an interview with Savy on Monday, I reviewed The Making of a Small-Town Beauty King book on Wednesday and today I’ll be reviewing two children’s books from her new Furever Home Friends series! What’s even more exciting is that today is the release day for Princess Allee and Smile, Chewie!

The Furever Home Friends series isn’t your ordinary children’s book. This series is all about dogs who have found their forever home after being abused and/or placed in a shelter. Princess Allee and Smile, Chewie! are based on two real dogs who have been rescued and found their forever home. Savy Leiser is working with other dog shelter’s at the moment to continue the Furever Home Friends series in hopes not only to find more inspiration, but more importantly, find these dogs still in shelters their forever homes.

The Furever Home Friends series is special in the fact that not only are the books adorable and funny, they educate children about these dogs and the importance of rescuing dogs in shelters. While Chewie has an abusive past, the book is written with children in mind and it doesn’t go into detail about Chewie’s past, but skims over abuse, as not to scare children. But Chewie’s real story is in the back of the book.

If you’re looking to get a dog, please adopt and do not shop. There are hundreds of dogs out there, just like Allee and Chewie who want to find their forever home and you can help them do that!


Author and Bio:

Savy Leiser (1992- ) is a young adult writer and freelance journalist living in Chicago. She also works as an editor for Writer’s Confidante (writersconfidante.com), which provides proofreading and critiquing services to independent authors. After graduating from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Communication in 2015, Savy continues to bleed purple every day. Her hobbies include losing her voice screaming at Wildcats football games and occasionally performing stand-up comedy around Chicago.

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Title: Princess Allee, a Furever Home Friends story

Genre: Children’s book

Author: Savy Leiser

Illustrator: Brenda Clemente

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Synopsis: 

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true!

But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with!

Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

Princess Allee is a 36-page 8×8-inch picture book. It is written by Savy Leiser and illustrated by Brenda Clemente. This book will be available to buy on Amazon.com, and in select Chicago-area bookstores.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Review:

Princess Allee is absolutely adorable! When I’m not writing or reading, I am a nanny. So I read children’s books day in and day out. They have a special place in my heart and I’m finding myself in the children’s book section far more these days than I care to admit. So when Savy introduced her children’s book series to me, I knew I had to read them! And buy them for all the children I know!

As the title says, Allee believes she is a princess and that when she is rescued, she will go live in a castle. The book is about how her expectations are high, but how she adjusts them willingly and finds the importance of what a forever home is and what family means to her. While I was rooting for her castle, my heart was even warmer at the end of the book!

In the back of the book, there are important questions relating to Princess Allee, but asking the child to reflect on themselves. Since Allee has high expectations of her home, one of the questions asks the child to reflect on when something may not have reached their expectations and how they would work through their emotions.

Each question can start important conversations that should already be happening in your home, but sometimes are easier to start when prompted, so I love this addition!

There’s also an introduction to the real dog Allee at the end of the book that shows you a picture of her and her siblings, and where she is now!

If you have children and are a dog lover, I highly suggest this book!


Title: Smile, Chewie!Furever Home Friends story

Genre: Children’s book

Author: Savy Leiser

Illustrator: Christy Schneyman


Synopsis:

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture!

See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls.

Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

Smile, Chewie! is a 36-page 8×8-inch picture book. It is written by Savy Leiser and illustrated by Christy Schneyman. This book will be available to buy on Amazon.com, and in select Chicago-area bookstores.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review: 

Chewie’s story is massively important. There are many stereotypes about how pit bulls can be awful and even some cities have banned owning pit bulls. As someone who has been around numerous pit bulls, I would like to shed light on how terrible this ruling is as much as I can.

Pit bulls aren’t dangerous animals, it’s the owners that make them dangerous. Every dog should have an equal opportunity and instead of discriminating against them, we should be looking at the previous owner who most likely taught the dog to be aggressive.

Chewie is a pit bull who lacks confidence because of these stereotypes and his past. He was abused (he was shot in the face with a BB gun) and now has scars on his face. While the BB gun isn’t mentioned in the children’s book, the scars are and how they affect Chewie’s self-confidence.

I gave this book a higher rating than Princess Allee more so for the story behind it, but also, I love the illustrations so much in Smile, Chewie. We follow Chewie through remembering his past to seeing people come into the shelters looking to adopt, but never choosing him because he’s a pit bull, until one day he is rescued. His owner helps him work through his confidence issues by showering him with love and affection.

At the end of this book, there are questions as well. These questions touch upon a child’s self confidence and what stereotypes are and if they’ve heard of the word before. Equally as important questions to start the conversations with your child, and at a young age. Especially when speaking about confidence and self-confidence in the world we live in today.

The real Chewie is also introduced at the end of the book with his real story.

If you have children and are a dog lover, I highly suggest this book!

Chelsea Lauren

Chelsea Lauren is addicted to drinking coffee, writing in cafes, and walking the beach. A New York native, she recently moved to Melbourne, FL and found having conversations with her character’s on the beach is the perfect cure to writer’s block. To learn more about her, check out “About Me.” Her debut novel, Underneath the Whiskey, is now available on Amazon.

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