Author: Chula Wula D’Augue (as barked to Sheron Long)
Illustrations by: Darius Detwiler
Photographs contributed by: Robert & Sheron Long, Erick Paraiso, and Meredith Mullins
Year published: 2011
Publisher: OIC Books
Number of pages: 160
Recommended age: 10+
Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)
Summary (from Publicist): In Dog Trots Globe – To Paris and Provence, author Sheron Long introduces us to her adorable traveling companion, Chula, a 9-year-old Shetland Sheepdog. A charming, entertaining, and informative book narrated by Chula, Dog Trots Globe is full of fun anecdotes, vibrant pictures, and awesome advice for traveling internationally with a pet.
Part travelogue and part dog memoir, the book documents Chula’s adventures—the good (Croissants, bistros, and doggy waiters? Yum!) and the bad (What happens when a Shetland Sheepdog encounters sheep for the first time? She runs and hides!).
Whether you consider yourself a Francophile, a dog lover, or an armchair traveler, Dog Trots Globe will make you laugh as you fall in love with a dog and a country.
- “[It’s] the kind of book you curl up in your favorite chair to read on a miserable, rainy day,” says Pamela Weber of A Traveler’s Library.
- “Dog Trots Globe is a delightful treat. Flipping through the pages of this book, readers will enter the wonderful world of Chula as she takes her first international trip to France from her Carmel Valley, California home,” says Lavanya Sunkara of Petside.com.
- “I just finished Dog Trots Globe – To Paris & Provence and it left a big smile on my face – I’d wag if I had a tail to wag with!” says Celina Cuadro for BookIdeas.com.
What I liked about it: The pictures were the best part of the book. My favorite is the one of where we tried to smell the lavender. I liked that some of it was in French. I liked that it was about France and I want to go see the Eiffel Tower. I learned some new things about France too.
What I disliked about it: I didn’t like the bad word that it used at the start and at the end. Since when do dogs swear?
My bottom line: I liked this book and I would recommend it for a coffee table book so it doesn’t really matter who reads it because they can look at the pictures.
What I liked about it: Bonjour mes amis! Quel joli livre! I am so pleased to be taking part in the Blog Tour promoting Dog Trots Globe: To Paris & Provence, a story told from the perspective of a 9 year old Sheltie, Chula (meaning “pretty” in Spanish) by her human author Sheron Long. Chula shares her adventures globe-trotting from California to France and is simply delightful as the reader’s tour guide through the bistros, cafes, and markets of the Provence countryside and the bright lights and city sights of Paris.
Both of my kids are in French immersion and I am fully bilingual (French/English) so this book, with its use of French terminology, such as chiens, pâtisserie, chèvre, café au lait, tartes au citron, eh bien, voila, interdit, was a lot of fun for us. Pronounciation of these words was not an issue for us. While most of the words were completely familiar, even I learned a few new ones: mas (farmhouse), arrondissements (districts), banon (a cheese I’d never heard of!)
As far as describing the sights and scenes of Paris and Provence, Long does a great job of highlighting a few key features which make these areas in France world famous. So, for example, Chula takes a stroll through the bakeries, cheese shops, and markets of Provence where everything from fresh vegetables, soaps, jams, oils, baskets, and the famous Provence tablecloths are for sale. The reader is then transported to the bustling city of Paris and treated to a history lesson on the Eiffel Tower. There is just the right amount of information of all of these sights to keep young readers interested.
What really makes this book a treasure however are the absolutely stunning photographs as well as their arrangement in the book. Provence and Paris come alive through these photographs! They are GORGEOUS! My favorite photo is a two-page spread in the dead center of the book depicting a sea of lavender in the French countryside. It looked so real that I actually tried to scratch the page to see if it was a “scratch ‘n sniff”. No such luck 🙁 The photo to the left shows Chula in the midst of the lavender. Don’t you just want to be THERE. Sigh…
Aside from the photographs are the use of various caricatures of Chula in different scenarios as well as other illustrations all related to the text. The use of both photographs and caricatures makes the book visually appealing to children in particular. In terms of the illustrations, you can’t beat this book – it’s very well done.
Of note, there is a section in the back of the book in an Afterword that describes what a pet owner has to do to bring a pet abroad. For example, there is information about how to prepare your pet for travel, completing the appropriate forms, how much a ticket costs for air travel, where they are put on the plane, and how to make a decision regarding when to travel. I can see how this would be a useful tool for pet owners.
What I disliked about it: While overall, I really enjoyed the book, I do have to comment that I was surprised that in Chapter 1 in the very second line, the dog says “Damn” and uses it again later in the book. I was a bit taken aback by this given that I was reading the book to my children. It would have been so easy to have used “Doggone it” instead and more appropriate for a family-friendly book narrated by a dog.
My bottom line: Since reading this book to my two children, both kids are now interested in going to France. I think that says it all! Chula’s narration accompanied by the beautiful photographs has us sold! While my six-year old son says he enjoyed the book, he did have a bit of difficulty maintaining his attention throughout the book. I would recommend this book to dog lovers in particular and anyone wanting a book containing beautiful photos of Paris and Provence. It’s so wonderful to flip through the pages and look at the photographs. Aaaaahhhhh….
*Dog Trots Globe To Paris & Provence was provided to us free-of-charge by the publisher.*
About the Author(s)
Sheron Long is the owner of the adventurous Chula. A bona fide Francophile, Long has visited Paris and Provence dozens of times. Eager to share her love of France with everyone, person, or animal, Long took Chula along on one of her visits. Now, Long is an expert in traveling with a pet. For more information visit the Dog Trots Globe page on the OIC Books website. Or, to interact with Chula directly, visit her on FaceBook, Chula Wula.
Where to Buy?
Dog Trots Globe to Paris and Provence by Sheron Long can be purchased directly through the publisher OIC Books.
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