“Best in Show”

By Karen LeFrak. Illustrated by Andrew Day.  Walker& Co. $16.99.

 

A young girl, a pick of the litter and a special connection combine for a colorful and engaging narrative in this upbeat children’s volume.

 

The youngster, Abby, is on hand when her aunt’s Standard Poodle Jewel delivers a litter. Abby spots a special fluffy white puppy and begins teaching it traits she hopes will shape her into a show champion eventually under guidance of Wendell, the handler.

 

In the process, Gem (the dog) teaches Abby plenty of life lessons, too. But an unexpected opportunity of a lifetime in the supercharged setting of a big dog show delivers all the ingredients for a special fairy-tale ending.

 

LeFrak, a breeder/handler of champion Standard Poodles, has a red-, white- and blue-ribbon winner here packed an intoxicating blend of passion and panache that will delight young and old.

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