Published by Zonderkidz
Summary: Steve Grieg’s Instagram account, wolfgang2242, is the inspiration for this story of a family of rescued animals that includes nine dogs, a rabbit, a chicken, and a pig. Each one has its own distinctive personality, likes/dislikes, and quirks, but they all help each other and enjoy spending time together. The illustrations are photographs of the animals superimposed on cartoon-style artwork. One of the dogs is blind, one has no teeth, one has bad hair days six days a week, but no matter. All are loved and happy to be part of the family. Includes an afterword by best-selling author Jodi Picoult about her own love of animals and enjoyment of Steve’s Instagram. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: What’s not to like about this motley crew of lovable animals? Kids will get a good laugh out of all their antics, and also appreciate the message of a family’s unconditional love. I had never heard of Steve Grieg, but apparently, he has become quite an advocate for older pet adoption through his Instagram.
Cons: Not being familiar with Steve Grieg or Wolfgang, I was a bit mystified by the title and premise of this book until I read the reviews and afterword.