Oh, how I love books. I really feel like books are the things that would keep me from ever achieving a fully-uncluttered, minimal home – but they’re so, so worth it. And even better? Beautiful books that feature dogs. I was lucky enough to receive two such books simultaneously, so for today, I’m sharing two dog books I’m loving, and – thanks to the generosity of each of their publishers – you have a chance to win a copy! So, without delay, let’s get to the book!
Dogs Rule Nonchalantly
By Mark Ulriksen
Several years ago, I clipped off the cover of an issue of The New Yorker that I just adored. It’s been in my office ever since, and every time I look at it, I smile. So, imagine how thrilled I was to receive a review copy of this book – only to find the exact illustration tucked into the work. And, of course, the darling illustration is accompanied by darling text that only enhances it!
I adore that picture! In fact, I had admired his work in my subscription to The New Yorker without ever realizing or acknowledging that all the work I loved was from this one artist!
Each page features a whimsical illustration faced by sweet scrawled sayings. My favorite line in the entire book: “There’s nothing happier than a happy dog.” I enjoy the artist’s style. It’s neither serious nor silly, though he captures the essence of dogs so perfectly.
And, more than that, the relationship between dogs and us. One of my other favorites:
My snapshots don’t do it justice. I truly loved this book, and it’s one I imagine sitting out in our living room so that I can pick it up, flip through, and smile! It comes out in a few days, but you can pre-order on Amazon. Check out the artist’s website. This book is a gem!
(See how you can win a copy of your very own below!)
Lessons in Balance: A Dog’s Reflections on Life
by Scout, star of Stuff on Scout’s Head
Now, this little book is just darn cute. Scout was adopted as a fearful, unsocial fellow. I had heard of the blog Stuff on Scout’s Head and encountered it in anti-BSL circles. Scout, a pit, has an innate ability to balance things on his darling head. The blog chronicled the various objects he balanced, and it’s been turned into the book, Lessons in Balance. (Check out the website to see Scout balancing – what else? – copies of his recently released book!)
This spread really spoke to Emmett. He felt Scout was attempting the impossible here! 🙂
Scout’s person Jen strives to educate her readers about BSL and the importance of rescue. Scout was mistreated but flourished after he got his second chance. I think all of us can relate to and appreciate that story. Jen’s creativity, though, is what makes Scout’s story so memorable. This dog can seriously balance ANYTHING on his head. Flipping through the text is such a joy, and I guarantee that you will be laughing on nearly every single page. See?
If you want even more peaks into what Scout balances, click on the link to her website above (also, you can order yourself a copy of the book from there). The stack of pancakes?! Chatter teeth!? I mean, COME ON! It’s way too stinking cute.
Combine the “awe” factor with the anti-BSL and pro-rescue messages, and this book hits on all of my favorite things!
I think both of these books will sit perfectly side-by-side in the living room so that we can flip through them regularly to laugh, smile, and be inspired.
I’m seriously feeling so lucky that I got to review both of these at the same time. True gems! Now, YOU have the opportunity to win one of these two phenomenal books. They’re both fantastic additions to any dog-lover’s shelf.
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. The widget should load below in a couple seconds, but if you’re reading via email or a feed reader, you may have to click the link below. Normally, with these Rafflecopter giveaways, I just do a free one-click to enter. But since there are two books, there are two changes: the freebie click and a comment!
Thank you so much to both lovely publishers and authors for allowing me the opportunity to review these wonderful books! And I’m especially grateful to be able to giveaway a copy of each!