Title: Underwater Dogs
Call number: SF426 .C37 2012
Sometimes it’s good to sit back and en-joy a book that will relieve stress and make you laugh. Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer that enjoys working with animals and is a mem-ber of the animal rescue community. Some of the underwater dog images are a bit scary with the dogs showing all their teeth, as they dive in to retrieve a toy from the water. Then there are many images that you can’t help but laugh at. Casteel captures the playful and energetic dogs that bring so much joy to our lives, in a way we are not able to see on a day to day basis. I really enjoyed taking time out of my hectic day to flip through the pages of this book. I also enjoyed sharing it with my family.
Review by Jennifer Wood
I have to admit, I started reading this book once before and it just seemed a bit slow to me so I never finished it. However, being a fan of The Lord of the Rings films and rather excited about the up-coming release of The Hobbit film, I knew I had to give it a second chance. The verdict? Despite a slow start and somewhat unusual writing style, it really is a great book.
Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, has been hired on by the wizard Gandalf as a reluc-tant burglar to assist 13 dwarves in killing the mighty dragon Smaug and re-claiming the dwarves’ homeland and, of course, a great amount of treasure. Bilbo had absolutely no intention of going on a journey such as this (he is not even a burglar thank you very much!) but somehow he cannot resist the pull of the adventure. As the story unfolds, Bilbo proves that he truly is a resource-ful little hobbit, full of wit and courage, who, with the help of a certain mysteri-ous ring, becomes the savior of the journey.
The book is full of unique characters and creatures, and the quest to find and kill Smaug leads the company into one adventure after another. I highly rec-ommend that you check this one out before the release of the film!
Review by Ann Raia