Toughen Up Andrew by Anne Manchester, illus. Fifi Colston
It is said that you can’t go wrong with a good animal story because children and adults mostly have a great deal of affection for pets.
This 80 page, easy to read story of a coddled Pekinese dog named Andrew will enchant any reader who is a pet fan.
Andrew has an aging owner whose grandson thinks Andrew is a bit soft and needs toughening up. Andrew is a bit overweight and loves comfort but still has the spring of youth in him at times. A holiday to Lake Ferry on the Wairarapa coast tests Andrew to the full. He meets a seal goes crayfishing, swims in the sea and plays football with the boys.
It’s all quite exhausting for the poor dog but he comes through it well.
Nicely illustrated by Fifi Colston and the photographs of the real people mentioned in the story are perfect. I didn’t tell you about the eel so read this book and find out.