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On a dare from her best friend, nine-year-old Tawny gags down a piece of dog kibble. Suddenly she can hear and talk to dogs, including her own dog, an enormous and demanding Great Dane named Dinky. Dinky explains to Tawny that his fondest wish is to be a tiny lap dog and Tawny promises to help him become one. From helicopters to the five o'clock news, Tawny soon finds out On a dare from her best friend, nine-year-old Tawny gags down a piece of dog kibble. Suddenly she can hear and talk to dogs, including her own dog, an enormous and demanding Great Dane named Dinky. Dinky explains to Tawny that his fondest wish is to be a tiny lap dog and Tawny promises to help him become one. From helicopters to the five o'clock news, Tawny soon finds out what it means to make a promise to a friend. Along the way, her parents can't help but question her sanity and her best friend Jenny turns into her worst enemy. If Tawny can just keep her own thoughts straight, maybe she can make things right in her family, get her best friend back, and decide for herself how she will handle having such a special gift. Kibble Talk, the first in the Kibble Talk series, is a funny and fast moving fiction story perfect for readers aged 7 to 12, or as a read-a-loud.


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On a dare from her best friend, nine-year-old Tawny gags down a piece of dog kibble. Suddenly she can hear and talk to dogs, including her own dog, an enormous and demanding Great Dane named Dinky. Dinky explains to Tawny that his fondest wish is to be a tiny lap dog and Tawny promises to help him become one. From helicopters to the five o'clock news, Tawny soon finds out On a dare from her best friend, nine-year-old Tawny gags down a piece of dog kibble. Suddenly she can hear and talk to dogs, including her own dog, an enormous and demanding Great Dane named Dinky. Dinky explains to Tawny that his fondest wish is to be a tiny lap dog and Tawny promises to help him become one. From helicopters to the five o'clock news, Tawny soon finds out what it means to make a promise to a friend. Along the way, her parents can't help but question her sanity and her best friend Jenny turns into her worst enemy. If Tawny can just keep her own thoughts straight, maybe she can make things right in her family, get her best friend back, and decide for herself how she will handle having such a special gift. Kibble Talk, the first in the Kibble Talk series, is a funny and fast moving fiction story perfect for readers aged 7 to 12, or as a read-a-loud.

30 review for Kibble Talk

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joselyn Moreno Burke

    I received this book from the author for an honest review I really liked it a lot, it was super fun actually with all the dog theme. It is intended for kids between 6 - 12 years old and the length make it perfect to do it a night time read too, so the kids can read it or mothers can read it to them as a bedtime story. I liked a lot that Tawny could discover a lot of things when she became a Kibble talker because it gave us a new perspective on a lot of things and it encourages us to stay aware of I received this book from the author for an honest review I really liked it a lot, it was super fun actually with all the dog theme. It is intended for kids between 6 - 12 years old and the length make it perfect to do it a night time read too, so the kids can read it or mothers can read it to them as a bedtime story. I liked a lot that Tawny could discover a lot of things when she became a Kibble talker because it gave us a new perspective on a lot of things and it encourages us to stay aware of our surroundings because sometimes we look but we do not observe clearly what is happening. From the dog talk to the friendship issues to the family matters I think it was an awesome book that everyone should read. More reviews www.bookwormiespot.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kenya Starflight

    I'm a fair bit older than the audience "Kibble Talk" is aimed at, so I'm trying to adjust my review accordingly. It's definitely a kids' novel... but that doesn't mean it's not perfectly enjoyable by adults either. It gives a kids'-eye view on a popular concept -- what if a human gained the ability to talk to and understand animals, or at least dogs? -- and manages to deliver a very funny and charming story in the bargain. And if the writing is a bit simplistic for my tastes... well, it's still I'm a fair bit older than the audience "Kibble Talk" is aimed at, so I'm trying to adjust my review accordingly. It's definitely a kids' novel... but that doesn't mean it's not perfectly enjoyable by adults either. It gives a kids'-eye view on a popular concept -- what if a human gained the ability to talk to and understand animals, or at least dogs? -- and manages to deliver a very funny and charming story in the bargain. And if the writing is a bit simplistic for my tastes... well, it's still entertaining, and means that kids will get to enjoy this book as well as adults. Tawny is nine years old and finds it impossible to turn down a dare... so when her best friend urges her to eat a piece of dog kibble, she takes the challenge. But eating that bit of dry dog food has an unexpected side effect -- she can now understand and talk to dogs! And now that her family's dog, a Great Dane named Dinky, has her ear, he insists that she help him fulfill her lifelong dream... a dream of becoming a tiny lap dog. As Dinky's demands and escapades have Tawny scrambling to fulfill them, she finds her relationship with her friend becoming strained and her parents thinking she's lost her marbles. But Dinky has some unexpected insights into both people and Tawny's family, insights that could change her world for the better... The writing in this book is quite witty and fun, albeit a little simplistic at times. Cynthia Port does a decent job of capturing the voice of a nine-year-old girl, and I applaud her for creating a realistic family that's not completely dysfunctional or gripped with drama. Tawny is a resourceful character, with her own flaws but a determination to overcome them and do better. Dinky is a rather goofy character, and at times his antics felt a little over the top, but he still provided good comic relief and some interesting food for thought at times. I did find Tawny's "best friend" a little irritating, but hopefully she sees some development in the next novel... A very funny and entertaining kids' book, "Kibble Talk" is a great read for dog lovers of all ages. There's a little gross humor to be had (c'mon, it's dogs), but overall it's fun and can be appreciated by both kids and adults.

  3. 5 out of 5

    SheReads

    Ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Young Tawny no longer has to wonder in this hilarious look into the mind of our stinky, furry, sarcastic friends. Tawny eats a piece of dog food on a dare and suddenly finds that she can understand and be understood by her dog Dinky. The book uses every cliche about dogs that those of us that have owned them get completely. My favorite was Dinky's description of the 4th of July- "The Neverending Night of Cowering Under the Bed". Dinky is a large dog who has Ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Young Tawny no longer has to wonder in this hilarious look into the mind of our stinky, furry, sarcastic friends. Tawny eats a piece of dog food on a dare and suddenly finds that she can understand and be understood by her dog Dinky. The book uses every cliche about dogs that those of us that have owned them get completely. My favorite was Dinky's description of the 4th of July- "The Neverending Night of Cowering Under the Bed". Dinky is a large dog who has a dream of competing in a competition for lap dogs. You can imagine the hilarity that ensues. This book was enjoyable and would be a huge hit with the younger crowd. Sometimes I felt like nothing much was going on and I was just waiting for something to happen other than a girl just talking to her dog. But, most of the time, I couldn't stop laughing. This is a light read so it's easy to get into when you have a lot on your mind. There isn't a ton you need to remember or delve too deep in which made it all the more enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Conway

    One of the best MG novels I have read this year! Kibble talk is about a 9 year old girl who eats do food on a dare and finds out she can now talk to dogs!! This book was so funny! I absolutely loved the characters, although I feel like some dialogue did not seem natural to a modern day 9 year old that was really the only issue I had with the book!! Dinky (the main characters Great Dane) was not what I expected when I first received the book but i loved him nonetheless! I loved the cute illustrati One of the best MG novels I have read this year! Kibble talk is about a 9 year old girl who eats do food on a dare and finds out she can now talk to dogs!! This book was so funny! I absolutely loved the characters, although I feel like some dialogue did not seem natural to a modern day 9 year old that was really the only issue I had with the book!! Dinky (the main characters Great Dane) was not what I expected when I first received the book but i loved him nonetheless! I loved the cute illustrations at the beginning of each chapter!! Any dog lover old or young will absolutely love this book!! I received this book in exchange for an honest review and all opinions are 100% my own!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    J. Bralick

    This book was just...adorable. Hilarious, touching, and at times quite poignant. I know one scene had me laughing so hard I cried. So much fun! Perfect for any dog lover, young or old. If I'd read this as a youngster I'd probably have been sneaking out to the dog food bin to see if eating kibble really works... Tawny is a totally relatable kid with a spunky spirit and a caring heart. I absolutely loved her interactions with Dinky...and the lovable Gunner. There were so many wonderful themes and i This book was just...adorable. Hilarious, touching, and at times quite poignant. I know one scene had me laughing so hard I cried. So much fun! Perfect for any dog lover, young or old. If I'd read this as a youngster I'd probably have been sneaking out to the dog food bin to see if eating kibble really works... Tawny is a totally relatable kid with a spunky spirit and a caring heart. I absolutely loved her interactions with Dinky...and the lovable Gunner. There were so many wonderful themes and issues that this book dealt with, from friendship to being unique to opening your eyes and your heart to see the needs and hopes of others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book was "adorable" and made me want to share my dogs kibble. Great story for Kids and dog lovers both. looking forward to reading the others in the series . Thank you for a fast paced. fun heart felt read that had me both giggling and making my eyes leak with those peskie happiness tears. well done Cynthia Port. This book was "adorable" and made me want to share my dogs kibble. Great story for Kids and dog lovers both. looking forward to reading the others in the series . Thank you for a fast paced. fun heart felt read that had me both giggling and making my eyes leak with those peskie happiness tears. well done Cynthia Port.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Celeste Onorati

    I'm previewing books for a chapter book reading 7yr old. I'm so delighted to have stumbled upon this gem. I kept laughing out loud, and had to leave the TV room to finish the book in one sitting. Bella will love it. I know I did! I'm previewing books for a chapter book reading 7yr old. I'm so delighted to have stumbled upon this gem. I kept laughing out loud, and had to leave the TV room to finish the book in one sitting. Bella will love it. I know I did!

  8. 4 out of 5

    April Taylor

    (37 now and I've just read it again!) I'm 35, and do not have kids. I thought that it sounded funny, it was free, so I thought, why not? I am so glad that I did, it's brilliant! So funny and sweet. (37 now and I've just read it again!) I'm 35, and do not have kids. I thought that it sounded funny, it was free, so I thought, why not? I am so glad that I did, it's brilliant! So funny and sweet.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    My Grandchildren and I loved this book. We have not laughed so much at a book in a long time. I highly recommend it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Very cute and funny I have a chihuahua so I can relate to wanting your dog to talk lol. Was very entertaining

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Hammonds

    Great read As a dog lover myself this book was awesome! I know for sure that my big dog wishes he could be a lap dog as well

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    Kibble Talk by Cynthia Port is a children's chapter book about nine-year-old Tawny who just cannot turn down a dare or crazy plan. Because of this weakness she gags down a piece of dog kibble. afterwards she can hear and talk to dogs. This includes her enormous Great Dane named Dinky, who fondest wish is to be a tiny lap dog. Tawny promises to help him become one. Tawny soon finds out what it means to make, and keep, a promise to a friend. while she does her best to help Dinky, her parents begin Kibble Talk by Cynthia Port is a children's chapter book about nine-year-old Tawny who just cannot turn down a dare or crazy plan. Because of this weakness she gags down a piece of dog kibble. afterwards she can hear and talk to dogs. This includes her enormous Great Dane named Dinky, who fondest wish is to be a tiny lap dog. Tawny promises to help him become one. Tawny soon finds out what it means to make, and keep, a promise to a friend. while she does her best to help Dinky, her parents begin to question her sanity and her best friend Jenny becomes her worst enemy. Can Tawny keep her own thoughts straight and still manage make things right in her family, get her best friend back, and figure out how to handle such a special gift. Kibble Talk is the first book in the Kibble Talk series. It is funny, sweet, and fast moving. I loved the character of Tawny, who is adventurous and willing to try anything once. She is also willing to put her own friendships and social standing on the line to keep a promise and her ability a secret. I really liked that while tawny was not a perfect kid, and had all the fears of looking foolish that are pretty much universal, she still stood out as a smart and unique character. I also loved the concept of the book, and its execution. talking to animals is not a new idea, but the way it was done here and the humor involved just made the story great fun to read. I love forward to seeing what kind of trouble Tawny and Dinky find themselves in as the series continues. I would recommend Kibble Talk to readers around 7 to 12 years old. I think it is also well suited for reading aloud in a classroom or as a family. Animal lovers, readers that enjoy a good laugh, and those just getting into reading for fun will all enjoy the story. just keep an eye on any pet food in the house, because I can imagine that some enthusiastic readers might be tempted to give it a try in hopes of being able to hear your animals like Tawny. Kibble Talk: Dog Gone Dinky, book 2 in the series, should be available by the end of February, 2014.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Isenhoff

    I picked this one up on a whim, after meeting the author online (unbeknownst to her). I'm glad I did, and so are my boys. Kibble Talk is a cute story about a young girl named Tawny who discovers she can converse with her dog, Dinky, whenever she eats dog food. At the heart of the story is a Great Dane who wants to be a lapdog. Tawny vows to help him enter a dog show under the “smallest breed” category. The antics they get into are hilarious. I read this aloud with my elementary-age boys and we al I picked this one up on a whim, after meeting the author online (unbeknownst to her). I'm glad I did, and so are my boys. Kibble Talk is a cute story about a young girl named Tawny who discovers she can converse with her dog, Dinky, whenever she eats dog food. At the heart of the story is a Great Dane who wants to be a lapdog. Tawny vows to help him enter a dog show under the “smallest breed” category. The antics they get into are hilarious. I read this aloud with my elementary-age boys and we all laughed out loud. A lot. This is an impressive self-published book. It had quite a few typos, which I will forward to the author, and I’m confident they’ll be amended. (They were!) But they were all minor things. The story works. The writing is beautifully smooth and engaging. This is an author with a superb understanding of how story should be designed and what kids like. She also shows restraint by keeping language and content totally appropriate for a young age group. The absurdity of a huge dog with *tiny* dreams will keep kids entertained. But it also has a good take away value: “You can decide for yourself who you are and how you want to make your way through the world.” But I do have two cautions. First, while encouraging kids to be unique, the book makes use of language usually associated with transgender. Dinky is a “large dog trapped in a small dog’s body.” Yet the book makes absolutely no direct reference to such a sticky subject. (In an email conversation, Ms. Port did say any association with such a topic was completely unintentional.) Second, much of the humor is bathroom/body function in origin—the kind of stuff kids that makes little boys giggle. But it’s coming from a dog. And the timing is priceless. It made this mom laugh, too. A very fun read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa's Kids' Book Reviews

    Jenny is quite the imaginative 10-year-old. Always thinking and up to something. She says, "Like when I decided I could build my own swimming pool in the backyard. Or when I got tired of my frizzy brown hair and decided I would look great bald." No matter what Jenny gets herself into, she's always had her best friend, Jenny, by her side. One evening while sleeping over Jenny's house, Jenny dares Tawny to nibble on a nugget of her dog's food. If you know anything about Tawny, she cannot resist a Jenny is quite the imaginative 10-year-old. Always thinking and up to something. She says, "Like when I decided I could build my own swimming pool in the backyard. Or when I got tired of my frizzy brown hair and decided I would look great bald." No matter what Jenny gets herself into, she's always had her best friend, Jenny, by her side. One evening while sleeping over Jenny's house, Jenny dares Tawny to nibble on a nugget of her dog's food. If you know anything about Tawny, she cannot resist a dare. It's unbelievable what happens next. Tawny can now hear dogs speak. The story carries you through a delightful tale about her dog Dinky, whose life long dream is to be a lap dog and compete in a dog show, among other things. These are only some of the things you will find out. You'll learn a thing or two about what dogs think and give a chuckle over hilarious conversations in just about every chapter in this book. One such is, "I gave Dinky a good scratch, and then he clickety-clicked right out of my room. He didn't even say goodnight!" So would you accept this dare to eat a nugget of dog food? Keep eating it if you could suddenly hear dogs speak? Well, Tawny would. And she does just that. Tawny gets caught up into Dinky's life so much it causes a huge problem with her best friend. Jenny thinks Tawny has a new and better friend to hang with instead of her. What does Tawny do? You'll have to read the book to find out. You'll also learn whether Dinky ever gets to go to the dog show and so much more. This book is fun to read, quite entertaining, and good for the imagination. Be sure to follow up this book with the author's next titled, Dog Goner, another book full of entertainment.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elise Abram

    Never Look at Your Pets the Same Way Again Tawny can’t resist a dare. So when her best friend, Jenny, dares her to eat a piece of her dog’s kibble, Tawny has no choice but to follow through. That’s how Tawny finds out she’s a Doolittle, one of only a few talented people who can hear their pets’ thoughts after eating their food. And you’ll never believe what the pets are thinking. From her insecure cat who feigns indifference but really craves her attention, to her Great Dane, Dinky, whose only dr Never Look at Your Pets the Same Way Again Tawny can’t resist a dare. So when her best friend, Jenny, dares her to eat a piece of her dog’s kibble, Tawny has no choice but to follow through. That’s how Tawny finds out she’s a Doolittle, one of only a few talented people who can hear their pets’ thoughts after eating their food. And you’ll never believe what the pets are thinking. From her insecure cat who feigns indifference but really craves her attention, to her Great Dane, Dinky, whose only dream is to be a lap dog, life becomes anything but ordinary for Tawny. And that’s only the start. Rather than write it off as a one-time occurrence when the spell wears off, Tawny chooses to eat another piece of kibble. Kibble Talk by Cynthia Port is the first in a series of adventures Tawny and Jenny have with their pets. Though I’ve learned from the movies that talking pets are most likely cliche if the viewer is over the age of five, Port’s book is anything but. I laughed out loud in places as Tawny tries to make Dinky’s lap-dog dream come true. Tawny is a resourceful young girl who thinks off the cuff and pulls through to meet the animals’ requests, no matter how difficult. Meant for a middle-grade audience, Kibble Talk is a fast and entertaining read. I managed to read it in two sittings in a single day, about four hours in total. I was hooked from the first pages, and didn’t want to put it down; couldn’t put it down. Kids will love this book. Adults will enjoy reading it aloud to their kids. I guarantee that after you finish it, you’ll never look at your pets the same way again. Note: I was gifted an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina Munson

    *This book was provided by the publisher/author to Nerd Girl Official for an honest review. I picked up this book because I now have a soft spot for children's books since I had my son. Going into it I was thinking about if my son would like it, but about a chapter in I was sucked into the story and couldn't wait to see what Tawney would do next. I would love to have this book on my shelf, it may be written as a children's book, but as an adult I really enjoyed it! This book is hilarious. I ended *This book was provided by the publisher/author to Nerd Girl Official for an honest review. I picked up this book because I now have a soft spot for children's books since I had my son. Going into it I was thinking about if my son would like it, but about a chapter in I was sucked into the story and couldn't wait to see what Tawney would do next. I would love to have this book on my shelf, it may be written as a children's book, but as an adult I really enjoyed it! This book is hilarious. I ended up awake half of the night reading and would start cracking up just to realize I should be quiet because everyone is sleeping. I can't lie after I read this I really wanted to go take a bite out of some kibble, I mean seriously what if I could talk with animals. I loved the characters in this story Tawny is sweet, caring, and a little crazy. Dinky is hilarious (you will see why if/when you read this). This story has a lot of humor, but it also sends the message to be caring and compassionate, to pay attention to the people (and animals) around you, AND that no matter what cards you are dealt you can follow your dreams. I think this book is child appropriate or any other age appropriate for that matter and I would recommend it to anyone who could use a good read. This book is written very well and I absolutely love the illustrations at the beginning each chapter. I can't wait to read the next book, and add them to my bookshelf! Note: Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding reviews please visit NerdGirlOfficial(dot)com

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    What would you do if suddenly you could talk to dogs? Would you freak out or make the best of it? Tawny does both when she gains this ability after eating a piece of dog food on a bet! This leads her to a funny adventure as she helps her giant dog become a lap dog. This book kept a smile on my face from start to end. The characters are well written for their ages, which makes them come alive. I really enjoyed getting to know Tawny and her family, but most of all her dog, Dinky. Dinky truly makes t What would you do if suddenly you could talk to dogs? Would you freak out or make the best of it? Tawny does both when she gains this ability after eating a piece of dog food on a bet! This leads her to a funny adventure as she helps her giant dog become a lap dog. This book kept a smile on my face from start to end. The characters are well written for their ages, which makes them come alive. I really enjoyed getting to know Tawny and her family, but most of all her dog, Dinky. Dinky truly makes the story with his quick wit and emotional outbursts. It's hard not to fall in love with him and his antics. And making him a great dane was the best choice ever. This book will keep the interest of any kid ages 8-12 and I admit I loved it too. Cynthia Post does an excellent job of keeping the story flowing by adding in the argument between Tawny and her best friend and ties it up nicely in the end. Well done Mrs. Porter I can't wait to read book 2! I received this book free in return for a review. All opinions are my own

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    Tawny is an only child, and her parents are very different. Her mother is more like the stay-at-home crafty supermom, and her dad is a biking enthusiast. However, between the three of them they don’t really connect well all the time…Tawny finds out. One night at a sleepover, Tawny’s BFF dares her to eat dogfood. You can’t back down from a dare, so Tawny does it. And something strange happens. She can hear dogs. She can talk to them, and they understand her. Her own dog, Dinky, has the personality Tawny is an only child, and her parents are very different. Her mother is more like the stay-at-home crafty supermom, and her dad is a biking enthusiast. However, between the three of them they don’t really connect well all the time…Tawny finds out. One night at a sleepover, Tawny’s BFF dares her to eat dogfood. You can’t back down from a dare, so Tawny does it. And something strange happens. She can hear dogs. She can talk to them, and they understand her. Her own dog, Dinky, has the personality of a sparkly princess lap dog, but Tawny doesn’t realize Dinky’s desires until the doggie kibble bonds them together. Tawny is dedicated to helping Dinky achieve his goal, and in the process she ends up being on her BFF’s hit list. Tawny’s also put in the mix between her parents, and Dinky reveals some very telling information about both of her parents and the feelings they keep hidden. I enjoyed this book immensely. I was giggling constantly and did not want to put down my copy. It is an excellent read for middle grades aged children.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Hodges

    I am WELL above middle-grade age (no, I'm not saying how far above), but I still love to dive into books in that genre, in the hopes that I'll find adorable stories like this one. This well-written tale had me grinning from ear to ear from beginning to end (and getting weird looks from my coworkers). Young Tawny's life is turned upside down when she is dared by her best friend to eat a morsel of dry dog food, and she finds that she can inexplicably communicate telepathically with any dog in the v I am WELL above middle-grade age (no, I'm not saying how far above), but I still love to dive into books in that genre, in the hopes that I'll find adorable stories like this one. This well-written tale had me grinning from ear to ear from beginning to end (and getting weird looks from my coworkers). Young Tawny's life is turned upside down when she is dared by her best friend to eat a morsel of dry dog food, and she finds that she can inexplicably communicate telepathically with any dog in the vicinity, particularly her ginormous Great Dane, Dinky. And BOY, does he have a LOT to say. Because, you see, he longs to be ... a lap dog. And he wants Tawny to make his dreams of being a lap dog come true by entering him in the "small breed" category in a local dog show. Mayhem ensues. Cleverly written and entertaining for kids and adults of all ages, Kibble Talk is one of the most endearing books I've read in a long time. You will never look at dogs (or cats, MAN are they needy...) in the same way again. I look forward to reading more from this amazing author!

  20. 4 out of 5

    S.J. Henderson

    KIBBLE TALK is the tail (see what I did there?) of a young girl named Tawny who finds she can communicate with dogs (and her cat) after eating kibble on a dare. Most of the book focuses on her Great Dane, Dinky, who feels like a little dog trapped in a big dog's body. There's literally page after page of silly, sarcastic humor, and I laughed out loud several times. Ms. Port has great comic timing, and it made for an enjoyable, unpredictable storyline that kids and their adults--and, hey, maybe e KIBBLE TALK is the tail (see what I did there?) of a young girl named Tawny who finds she can communicate with dogs (and her cat) after eating kibble on a dare. Most of the book focuses on her Great Dane, Dinky, who feels like a little dog trapped in a big dog's body. There's literally page after page of silly, sarcastic humor, and I laughed out loud several times. Ms. Port has great comic timing, and it made for an enjoyable, unpredictable storyline that kids and their adults--and, hey, maybe even their dogs--will love. I really wanted to rate KIBBLE TALK as a 5-star read. The only reason I didn't is because there was a swear word, which I think is a shame because it felt unnecessary for this level of book. Otherwise, KIBBLE TALK was a fun read full of all kinds of possibilities for a young imagination.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chris Meads

    This was one hilarious book. It starts out with a dare. Jenny dares Tawny to eat her dog's dry kibble. Of course, Tawny takes the dare and eats a piece. She finds out she can understand Jenny's dog. She's scared and doesn't tell anyone about it. Tawny goes home and finds out she can also talk to Dinky, her Great Dane. Tawny finds out that Dinky is not happy being a huge dog, she wants to be a lap dog, like her name. To make Dinky happy, Tawny does all kinds of things (like painting the dog's nails This was one hilarious book. It starts out with a dare. Jenny dares Tawny to eat her dog's dry kibble. Of course, Tawny takes the dare and eats a piece. She finds out she can understand Jenny's dog. She's scared and doesn't tell anyone about it. Tawny goes home and finds out she can also talk to Dinky, her Great Dane. Tawny finds out that Dinky is not happy being a huge dog, she wants to be a lap dog, like her name. To make Dinky happy, Tawny does all kinds of things (like painting the dog's nails) with hilarious results. But in the process, Tawny loses Jenny as a friend (for a while). In the end, Tawny and Dinky go to a dog show. Tawny learns the value of friendship and the rest of the town finds the littlest dog in a big dog's body. I'm not a dog lover but I really enjoyed this book. I think all kids will. I can't wait to read the second book in the series

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dani Ansaldo

    I read this book with my 10 year old and 13 year old boys. They really liked it a lot. My 10 year old had good strong belly laughs throughout the entire book. I thought the story was sweet. It often got me thinking about the plight of children who don't feel like they fit into a role that they have been given... a girl who wants to play with "boy" toys, a boy who wants to play with "girl" toys, a tall kid who has no interest in basketball, an athlete that also likes to dress up in fancy clothes. I read this book with my 10 year old and 13 year old boys. They really liked it a lot. My 10 year old had good strong belly laughs throughout the entire book. I thought the story was sweet. It often got me thinking about the plight of children who don't feel like they fit into a role that they have been given... a girl who wants to play with "boy" toys, a boy who wants to play with "girl" toys, a tall kid who has no interest in basketball, an athlete that also likes to dress up in fancy clothes... I liked how Tawny handled her dog's surprise and how she was determined to not judge him for his dreams.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Denise Pelkey

    This is the first of 2 books and it is about a girl named Tawny who was dared by her best friend Jenny to eat kibble bits. Tawny gained the ability to hear and speak to dogs. She soon shows large amounts of empathy to dogs she encounters,including her own dog Dinky. My daughter enjoyed reading this book and found it very humorous. I enjoyed the connections and bonds that were made. I especially like how Tawny was thoughtful and tried very hard to work through problems and situations to make her This is the first of 2 books and it is about a girl named Tawny who was dared by her best friend Jenny to eat kibble bits. Tawny gained the ability to hear and speak to dogs. She soon shows large amounts of empathy to dogs she encounters,including her own dog Dinky. My daughter enjoyed reading this book and found it very humorous. I enjoyed the connections and bonds that were made. I especially like how Tawny was thoughtful and tried very hard to work through problems and situations to make her friends happy. I would recommend this book to the the kind of person who loves dogs, adventure and wants to understand dogs in a humorous way.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Kibble Talk is a fun story! It's perfect to read aloud with children,(A bedtime story one chapter each night?) and a fun read for tweens. The humor will tickle the funny bone of child and adult alike. Dog owners will get a kick out of this story and I'm sure many will relate to it! I especially liked the moral of the story. "Dinky had shown us all that size, or whatever you're born with, doesn't have to define you. With enough dedication (and a good dose of stubbornness) you can decide for yours Kibble Talk is a fun story! It's perfect to read aloud with children,(A bedtime story one chapter each night?) and a fun read for tweens. The humor will tickle the funny bone of child and adult alike. Dog owners will get a kick out of this story and I'm sure many will relate to it! I especially liked the moral of the story. "Dinky had shown us all that size, or whatever you're born with, doesn't have to define you. With enough dedication (and a good dose of stubbornness) you can decide for yourself who you are and how you want to make your way through the world." Beautiful! I was pleasantly surprised by this book and highly recommend it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dan Rogers

    The author donated a copy of this book to my classroom library for which I am extremely grateful. When I mentioned the book to my students there were a large number of them who expressed interest in reading it. It was with this in mind that I thought I'd read it first. Unfortunately I was unable to finish it. The story is well written and I'm sure the kids will enjoy it, it just wasn't for me. I felt like I was plodding along and could easily set it aside after one chapter. Therefore, although d The author donated a copy of this book to my classroom library for which I am extremely grateful. When I mentioned the book to my students there were a large number of them who expressed interest in reading it. It was with this in mind that I thought I'd read it first. Unfortunately I was unable to finish it. The story is well written and I'm sure the kids will enjoy it, it just wasn't for me. I felt like I was plodding along and could easily set it aside after one chapter. Therefore, although done reluctantly, I've moved on to other books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patricia C Robbins

    Ridiculous Dogs don't talk. I'm thankful for that. How absurd that a Great Dane would even want to be a lap dog. I personally didn't care if this nonsensical dream came true. Dinky was obnoxious and arrogant. He wasn't even superior to a cat. I definitely am not interested in any more of his adventures. I didn't finish his original story. Dinky was not a character I found myself rooting for. Ridiculous Dogs don't talk. I'm thankful for that. How absurd that a Great Dane would even want to be a lap dog. I personally didn't care if this nonsensical dream came true. Dinky was obnoxious and arrogant. He wasn't even superior to a cat. I definitely am not interested in any more of his adventures. I didn't finish his original story. Dinky was not a character I found myself rooting for.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    This is an adorable story (Dinky, the Great Dane pictured on the cover, would appreciate that adjective) so zany it makes you laugh out loud and yet so touching it makes you say, "Awwww." If you like dogs, you MUST read this story. If you don't like dogs, after reading this story you will change your mind. And if I was ten years old again, I would DEFINITELY eat a piece of kibble. :)Would make a fun read-aloud for families, but fun for any age. This is an adorable story (Dinky, the Great Dane pictured on the cover, would appreciate that adjective) so zany it makes you laugh out loud and yet so touching it makes you say, "Awwww." If you like dogs, you MUST read this story. If you don't like dogs, after reading this story you will change your mind. And if I was ten years old again, I would DEFINITELY eat a piece of kibble. :)Would make a fun read-aloud for families, but fun for any age.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jared Crawford

    Kibble Talk is a fiction non picture book intended for upper elementary and up. The book I paired it to is Ordinary Dogs by Eileen Battersby. This book is a nonfiction book intended for any age about how dogs have their own unique behaviors and relationships with their owners. I believe it pairs well because Kibble Talk is about a young girl who gets to speak with dogs and hears more than she probably wants to, especially from her own dog.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vernell Schutte

    Nice little story but the author should know more about breeds if she's going to write about them. There is no Miniature Dobermann Pinscher - it's a Miniature Pinscher and no relation to a Dobermann. The Basset Hound has the enormous ears, not the Beagle. If she is talking about a fawn Dane with a black mask - they are not allowed to have any white and the black is on the face, not just the ears (and it's black not dark brown). Nice little story but the author should know more about breeds if she's going to write about them. There is no Miniature Dobermann Pinscher - it's a Miniature Pinscher and no relation to a Dobermann. The Basset Hound has the enormous ears, not the Beagle. If she is talking about a fawn Dane with a black mask - they are not allowed to have any white and the black is on the face, not just the ears (and it's black not dark brown).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cee Jackson

    A good, fun, light read. Aimed more for YA , this book will still appeal to adults. The concept is simple enough and while I'd hate to read too much into the interpretation, only to find I'm way off the mark, it does seem to reflect social issues of today and everyone's 'right' to live how they feel Good dialogue throughout and I love the mischievous and dry humour exhibited by Dinky. A good, fun, light read. Aimed more for YA , this book will still appeal to adults. The concept is simple enough and while I'd hate to read too much into the interpretation, only to find I'm way off the mark, it does seem to reflect social issues of today and everyone's 'right' to live how they feel Good dialogue throughout and I love the mischievous and dry humour exhibited by Dinky.

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