Monday, August 26, 2019

Penny N' Pals by Jenny Brunstein

Welcome to Middle-Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing Penny N' Pals by Jenny Brunstein.

The Story-
Greg and his mother recently had an older dog that passed away, but now they are going to buy a new puppy to fill the emptiness. Penny is a puppy who lives with her mommy and brothers and sisters. She likes to play and see everything. When Greg chooses her for his new puppy they are off to his home in San Francisco.

My Thoughts-
This is a very quick and easy read for younger ones. It is sweet with a good theme. Children will love reading the book from both Greg's and Penny's perspectives. Greg worries that he will not be enough for a puppy, but his mom gently reminds him that it will take time and work. On Penny's behalf, she doesn't notice slip-ups, she notices petting and getting feed. In the end, they will work together to be a family.

The book flows well and contains simple messages. There are wonderful pictures! I really enjoyed their placements and felt they added tremendously to the story. My one critique is that the parts that are told from Penny's POV start off odd. Even though Greg hasn't picked Penny out of the litter yet, somehow the mommy dog starts the day off by telling Penny today was the day she was getting adopted. They have a small discussion about being away from her puppy family and how she will now have a human family. It just felt off because when Greg comes to pick a puppy, he looks at all the pups, including Penny's sister Trisha. How did the mom know? And the puppy already has the name Penny before being adopted. Coincidently, Greg chooses Penny for the name too.

However, as the story continues, Penny's humor is adorable and the way she looks at the world from a new puppy viewpoint is cute. I'm giving this book 4 stars!

Buy it now- Penny N' Pals (Book Book 1) by Jenny Brunstein via @amazon


  1. What a sweet story! It made me momentarily think about how sad it must be for puppies to leave their siblings and move to a new forever home.

  2. Hmmmm. This one doesn't sound like something I would enjoy, but it's good to know about it. Thanks for the review.

  3. I'm a sucker for dog stories. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.