Author: Rachelle Delaney
Synopsis: JR and his embassy friends Robert, Pie, and Beatrix are on their way to Prague! Having solved the mystery of the missing dogs in Moscow, JR is ready for a vacation with his human, George, and George’s Russian girlfriend, Nadya. And where better to distract themselves than in Prague, taking in the sights and meeting Nadya’s brother, a circus performer.
But something is amiss at the circus—the animals are unhappy. The boxing kangaroo doesn’t want to box, the dancing chimpanzee doesn’t want to dance. Not only that, but a fancy new circus is coming to town, threatening to put everyone out of a job. It’s up to JR and the embassy dogs to save the show, with the help of some unlikely accomplices.
Huge thank you to Puffin/Razorbill Canada for this ARC!
I love animal stories, especially ones about dogs having grand adventures. Rachelle Delaney made me fall in love with a group of pups who end up on a very unconventional mission: to help a circus get its groove back. Sounds kinda of silly, but it works so well and there is a dog named Pie. Pie is my favourite, such a cutie.
I admit, I have not read The Metro Dogs of Moscow, but it’s not necessary to enjoy this book at all. For the most part Delaney does a great job of introducing these characters to readers who are having their first encounter. I loved the amount of personality she infused into all of the animal characters, each one distinctive, yet still very much an animal. I like that JR had as many doggie thoughts as he did human ones, it made for such a refreshing and fun reading experience.
Plus, I love the circus. So puppies plus circus equals the perfect book for Sam. I’m a dog owner (a Labrador Retriever and an English Bulldog) and a lot of the time I spent reading this I kept inserting my own dogs into the narrative, thinking about how they would respond to the circus. I realized both my dogs would not be cut out for it, sadly. Dakota would attempt to run the joint, and Brutus’ only trick is paw and snuggles.
The Circus Dogs of Prague has so much to offer readers of any age. Children will love the fact that it’s a heart-felt animal story with a great sense of humor, and adults will love sharing it with their children because it’s just so genuine and sweet. JR, Beatrix, Pie and Robert have these magic powers to wag their way into your heart and just make you smile. I definitely loved the writing and the characters, and I cannot wait to see if Rachelle Delaney will do more with this fabulous and fun cast of characters. Also Pie = adorkable.