Book Review: D’Arnold finds a home by Teah Lytywn

Before I begin, I’m not entirely sure what the rules are for stating if a post is sponsored or not,and as much as this may sound like a sponsored review, I am receiving nothing from reviewing the following book. I purchased a copy of my own, and did not get anything in return for covering it. The reason I am covering it will be posted in the review. Thank you. 

Rating 4.5/5

Author/Illustrator: Teah Lytwyn

“Unloved and lonely, D’Arnold sets out to find the attention he desperately craves. After an accident causes him to lose his leg, D’Arnold is sure he’ll be alone forever. But with the help of some new friends, he’s able to move past the struggle to find the perfect home waiting for him.”

So last week I had hinted that I would be covering a book this week, which if you had figured it out was Harry Potter. I promise I will get around to it, but I’ve had a few books hit my radar that are more important to cover.

The program I am in for school has a requirement that students put on a year-long project. That can mean a lot of different things, but a number of students decided to write books, and I offered to review some of their books for them.

The first one we have is actually the first kid’s book that I’ve ever reviewed, and it’s called D’Arnold finds a home.

I’ve seen this book come from being just an idea to being finished and printed, but trust me, that’s not skewing my review at all.

It’s a cute little story about a dog, and we all know how awesome dogs are, am I right?

I know if I asked Teah if she considered herself an artist she’d probably laugh in my face before saying no, but she’s done a good job at using a simplistic art style effectively to portray her story.

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I think the simple art style fits the story very well.

What I found to be the best part of the book though is the story. Because it is based on the true story of D’Arnold, I found myself being that much more attached throughout the whole thing than I think I would have been if it were made up.

Not to spoil any of the book, but an animal losing a leg, or having some other physical handicap, isn’t something a lot of pet owners have to worry about, but it is a reality for some.

I honestly think that D’Arnold’s story is a great way to teach kids about taking care of animals, and about animals that might have some physical issues.

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Teah has done a good job at using the shorter story that comes with a kid’s book, and used it to tell a complete story, that keeps the reader’s attention the whole time and can teach them an important lesson.

If you or somebody you know might be interested in buying D’Arnold finds a home, whether it’s for your kids, or maybe a daycare your kids go to, feel free to reach out to me, I would be more than happy to pass her info along to you. 

Not sure what book is coming next week, but it will likely be another classmate’s story, so stay tuned!

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