Book Review: Latke The Lucky Dog

Title: Latke The Lucky Dog
Author: Ellen Fischer
Illustrations: Tiphanie Beeke
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
ISBN: 9780761390398


Zach and Zoe are going to get a new dog from the shelter. One little pup at the shelter wants to make sure they pick him. He danced around and waggled his tail. And sure enough he was picked. The family named him Latke because he was toasty brown. The family was celebrating the first day of Hanukkah. Latke doesn't know the rules of the house. Each day he chewed on something. Zach and Zoe think he may have ruined Hanukkah. When Latke thought he might be on his way back to the shelter, Zach and Zoe present him with something very special.

Author Ellen Fischer shares a heartfelt story of pet adoption young readers will love. The backdrop of the story shows the family celebrating Hanukkah. Colorful illustrations bring to life the scenes and engage readers. Simple sentence structure make for a fun beginner read while children learn about Jewish culture. Parents and teachers can use this tool to open up dialogue about pet adoption and Jewish holidays.