reviewing journals and online book sites which means I cannot remember where I heard about Misty. I guess this is not important. The main thing is that this little book is a very welcome addtion to our library collection and in particular our collection of very simple beginner chapter books that somehow manage to contain terrific stories presented in just a few words and pages.
Sophie is terrified of dogs. Her friend Stanley has a huge black dog called Misty. Sophie simply cannot visit her friend or play in his garden since Misty arrived. Then Stanley has a accident and someone needs to deliver his get-well cards. Sophie volunteers but then realizes she will have to get past Misty.
"So I sit on my front steps. Misty sits at the end of her long rope across the street at Stanley's house. 'Where's is Stanley?' I call. Misty wags her tail. 'Woof!' she says. I do not understand."
Of course there is a solution to this problem but taking those first steps into Stanley's front yard takes enormous courage. I guess this might be the first book in a series. I hope the next title arrives very soon.
You can read the true story and inspiration for this book here. Misty was short listed for the Chocolate Lily Awards which is a children's choice award in British Columbia, Canada. I should also mention the illustrator Jessica Meserve. We have her Daisy Dawson books in our school library - they are another little book series which I adore.
You might also like to read Iris and Walter and also the Annie and Simon books.