Book Review of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants
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Written by Susan R. Stoltz
Illustrated by Melissa Bailey
Ages 1-5 | 32 Pages
Publisher: Lyric & Stone Publishing | ISBN-13: 978-1733759861
What to Expect: Good behavior, choices, emotional intelligence, pets, friendship.
Many young children struggle to understand why they can’t just take the things they want. Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants helps readers think about the emotional impact of their actions on others, supporting empathy and emotional intelligence in choice-making.
Dash and Zoom are good friends, but Dash is having a little bit of trouble making kind choices. From taking Zoom’s ball and hiding things under Zoom’s favorite chair to pulling stuff out of the knitting basket, Dash can’t understand that taking things that don’t belong to her will hurt other people’s feelings. Dash’s poor choices soon cause trouble between the two friends and leave her feeling all alone. Luckily, Dash has Zoom to help her understand the impact of her actions and make better choices. Soon, Dash and Zoom are the best of friends again!
This funny, simple story illustrates how we can learn from mistakes and turn bad choices around by making good choices. Adorable illustrations tell the main story against an unchanging background of pink wall, allowing the text to remain minimal and the reader’s focus to stay on the interactions between the two canine characters. At the same time, the familiar home setting keeps the story relatable for young readers.
Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants is a lovely story for shared reading and discussion about choices.
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About the Author
Susan Stoltz is a Jack Russell mom and author of 13 children’s books. An avid gardener and stained glass artist, she spends most early mornings in the garden. When she’s not writing, she’s either caring for and playing with her well-trained and highly energetic dogs, creating mosaics and stained glass, reading, and teaching. She occasionally cleans the kitchen!
Susan lives in Arizona with Dash and Zoom and is well known for eating chocolate cake for breakfast.
For more information, visit susanrstoltz.com.
About the Illustrator
Melissa Bailey is owned by two poodles and is an award-winning illustrator of over 50 children’s books. She’s also an author and loves dreaming up story ideas while being walked by Biscuit and Archie. They are training her to take them on 3 or more walks a day!
Melissa lives with her family in rural Michigan, which is perfect for walking.
For more information, visit mbaileyart.com.
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May 11, 2022 at 12:35PM Dr. Jen Harrison