Review: AJ’S WISH by Renee filippucci-Kotz ~ a story for children about wanting a pet — very informative for both child and parent

32841469Title: AJ’s Wish Amelia Jae Series, Book 1
Author: Renee Filippucci-Kotz
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Pages: 54
Published by: Archway Publishing
Published Date: November 1, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B01M35EJ51

Publisher’s Summary: Pets are a big part of many children’s lives. They can be a child’s first—and maybe best—friend. But do you know what needs to be considered when bringing one into your home?

Ten-year-old AJ isn’t sure. She only knows she has always loved animals. She enjoys playing with her grandma’s pets and the pets of her friends. But in author Renee Filippucci-Kotz’s AJ’s Wish you’ll read about her greatest wish—a pet of her own! After she and her family watch a program about all the animals in shelters, she asks her parents for a pet. When they say no, she sets out to prove she is responsible enough to care for an animal.

Ms. Filippucci-Kotz is a longtime volunteer with her local, county animal shelter and several rescue organizations. AJ’s Wish is more than an entertaining story of AJ’s quest for a pet. The author shares with readers what kind of research you should do before deciding on the right pet for your family, or even if your family should have a pet. After all, bringing a pet into a family is a serious commitment.


My Thoughts:  Most households come to this point as their children grow into responsible family members. Should we have a pet?  And if so, what kind?  What do we have to take into account in acquiring one?

I liked the story and the way the author immediately makes a child’s opinion matter.

The story is prefaced with Acknowledgments to seven young people, ages six through eleven who helped with the evolution and suggestions for the story.

Following that is a section titled Reviews, where four children wrote what they liked about the story as well as two mom’s.

Therefore, those two sections set the story dynamics very neatly into a mutual effort of a child’s desire for a pet and the parents concern the pet be well cared for if one joins their home. The big plus to reading this story is how the parent can help guide a child to make the right choice (tone of advice), providing a responsible path taking into account the child’s needs, the pet’s and the parent’s.  The repartee between AJ and her parents is something of a learning tool to a parent, I suspect.

The book is written with the intent to help children see what care an animal needs and how to acquire this information.  It displays a few illustrations through the story which enhance the readability.

I like the story. I like the message. And I approve how the author makes this story a tool of learning – both for parent and child. If you are looking for a book to help with the selection of a pet for your home, this is a lovely read.

The author provided me a copy for review.  My review expresses my unbiased thoughts and opinions.

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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