I of the Hurricane: Eating Up a Storm by Kali


I of the Hurricane: Eating Up a Storm by Kali
Publisher: Friesen Press
Genre: Childrens, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (57 pages)
Age Recommendation: 8+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Instant love takes place between a young pet store employee and a small white puppy. She takes her pup home to meet the household which includes another dog, Prince, and two white cats – Thunder and Lightning. Aptly called Hurricane, the pup lives up to her name by sweeping up the household with her love of food and wisecracking outlook.

“I run and spin and swim and dry.
Mother calls me a bundle of joy. Oh my!”

If food wasn’t meant to be shared, it wouldn’t smell and taste so delicious.

Hurricane definitely lived up to her name. From guarding her bone so none of the other family pets could eat it to quickly learning which English words were referring to food so she could be sure she got her fair share of it, this dog had plenty of strong opinions about how life should be lived and she wasn’t afraid to let them be known. I adored her spunky personality just as much as I did her obsession with trying to taste every kind of human food she could find.

I would have liked to see more attention paid to developing the plot. While Hurricane definitely got into more than her fair share of funny scrapes, there wasn’t enough conflict to tie all of these moments of her life into a story that had a solid beginning, middle, and end. It would have been nice for her to have a dog-sized problem to solve or something between her attempts to eat everything she could find.

The conversations between Mother and Hurricane made me smile. No, Hurricane didn’t speak the same way a person would speak, but this didn’t stop her human from understanding exactly what she was thinking at any given moment of the day. Reading animal body language and getting to know a dog really well was all it took for Mother to know what Hurricane wanted and when she wanted it.

I’d recommend I of the Hurricane: Eating Up a Storm to anyone who loves animals or who has ever secretly spoiled a pet.

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