Dreaming of Mocha by An Swerts

By decafJess - October 22, 2016

aesthetically pleasing book, but Florence is rewarded for being a brat.

Dreaming of Mocha This book is beautifully put together, with wonderful illustrations, font choices, and word placement. Overall, however, I'm a little unsatisfied with the story, in which a child eventually gets what she wants, despite actively disobeying and being more than a little bratty.

You see, Florence REALLY wants a dog, but mom and dad will not let her have one. She reasons that if she could only find a stray, they would have to let her keep it. One day she does find a lost dog and attempts to hide him in her house until her parents find out. Her parents place posters all over the neighborhood to find the owner. Despite Florence's best efforts to vandalize the signs to prevent the owner from finding his dog, a kind elderly gentleman comes forward to claim his pet. When he realizes how emotionally attached Florence has gotten to his dog, he lets her have him, as long as she promises to visit.

I suppose it's a cute story about unexpected gifts, and presumably Florence makes a new friend in the elderly gentleman who will now be frequently visiting, but the book just didn't do it for me.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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