I’ve been a soft touch for animals since birth and have fostered dozens of rescue dogs myself, so I tend to read most of the rescue animal books that come through on the new books cart. I also generally like Patrica MacLachlan books. Put the two together, and it’s no surprise I picked this one up!
Zoe’s mom rescues Great Pyrenese dogs, those giant white fluff balls. Their house is covered in white fur all the time, but especially during shedding season. It is exactly the kind of house that their new neighbors, the Crofts, do NOT understand. The new neighbors have navy blue furniture, navy blue drapes, and black clothes. And a boy who refuses to speak. No one is sure why Phillip won’t speak. He’s staying with the Crofts while his parents try to work out their problems. The Crofts are certainly not dog people, and they aren’t really kid people either. Not that they don’t like Phillip, but they just really don’t understand him or why he won’t talk. Sometimes, though, the best friends are those that don’t need words. Sometimes, sharing fur and slobber is enough to make things better.
reviewed by Jessica