Title: George Knows | Author: Mindy Mymudes | Publication Date: December 2, 2013 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Pages: 200 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: An egotistical magical basset hound named George believes it’s his duty to train and protect his 12-year-old Girlpup, a greenwitch named Karly. He and his Girlpup, must solve a murder as well as save their park from being developed. George is the perfectly designed familiar for the job.
My Thoughts: There is a fun game my kids and I play. We pretend we are our cats and we share what we think they are thinking. “Heh Midnight, do you think the big lady will feed us this morning?” “Nah Flame, I keep trying to trip her by walking between her legs, but she just ignores me.” “Maybe if I jump on the counter, she’ll pay attention to us. Oh look here comes the little blond girl. I’ll go over there and give her the lovey dovey eyes – works every time.”
George Knows is a hilarious story told from the perspective of a self-centered, egotistical basset hound who is an absolute riot. George is Karly’s “familiar” or an animal that has a special connection to a human. In this story, that would be Karly (aka, “Girlpup” from George’s perspective), a 12 year old girl who also happens to be a greenwitch-in-training. A mystery begins to brew when Karly and George discover some human remains in the forest, along with a menacing presence, which they discover, with the help of their Aunt Heather, is a mythical Hodag.
What is a Hodag, you ask? Apparently, the Hodag is based on folklore emerging from Wisconsin (according to Wikipedia, anyways) and it is described as having “the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end” (see Wikipedia for original sources). Here is an image from Wikipedia images:
The Hodag is said to appear only when the forest is in need of its protection, so it is up to George and his “Pack” to save the forest and allow the Hodag to return to its resting place.
It is not very often that I literally laugh out loud at passages in a book, but this book has some absolutely gut-splitting inner dialogue. George thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread and that all of the “Peeps” are grossly inferior to him. For example, in George’s mind, his leash is to keep his Girlpup in line, not the other way around. Here is an example of George’s train of thoughts:
I look at my Packmates. Why don’t they smelltaste its grossness? Peeps. Said it before, and I’ll say it again: Peeps, no common senses.
Maybe there are chips in one of bags? I try to pull closer. Karly pulls me back. I need to put a collar on her. See if she likes having her neck yanked around. It’s not my fault I can’t hold onto her leash. She doesn’t need to jerk me around. It’s like the leash is for me or something.
While I found this book to be thoroughly amusing I do have one comment about the underlying mystery. I thought the book had a great start with the discovery of the human bones, but as George and the Pack work to solve the mystery, I felt that the book took a turn and became about the Hodag. The mystery of the bones was resolved abruptly and seemingly out of the blue. Further, I would have liked to see George and Karly be the ones solving the mystery instead of Aunt Heather. While I think Karly was an interesting character, I believe she could have grown more throughout the story. But, perhaps, that is the intention in further books. We have to start somewhere!
My Bottom Line: George Knows takes the reader on an uproarious journey into the mind of an egotistical and magical basset hound as he works with his Girlpup (a 12 year old witch-in-training, Karly) and her Aunt Heather, in solving a mystery when he digs up human remains. This story will definitely tickle your funny bone and dog-lovers in particular will be able to relate to some of George’s passing thoughts as he looks down upon his Packmates. I recommend this fun story to children (and dog lovers) 8 years and older.
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. The author is participating in our Book Promotion services. *
More Buzz About the Book
“Magical drool, a girlpup to teach and protect, and the gift of … um … gas. Yes, it’s a Basset Hound as main character. Any kid (of any age) will love this book, (I did!) and so I bought it for my mom to read to my nephew for his birthday. The sight of mom and the giggling six year old? Priceless.” ~ 5 Star Review, Faith H., Amazon
“Great story! This book is meant for kids, but as a forty-five year old, I found it enormously entertaining! This would make a great cartoon! The book is told from a dog’s point-of-view. The author has pegged it.” ~ 5 Star Review, knobren, Amazon
“George Knows is an excellent story, told from the point of view of a magical, egotistical basset hound. George speaks in the voice of all the dogs I have known. The story is fun, with unexpected twists and turns. Children of all ages (including those of us who are “grown-ups”) will enjoy this imaginative tale. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Dena, Amazon
“There are lots of famous dogs – Pluto, Scooby Doo, and the Chihauhau from the Taco Bell ads to name a few, but they can’t compare to the character that is George. Charisma, intelligence, and a well-timed sense of humor in heart-warming Basset hound package! George will crawl into your heart. He’ll make you laugh and make you groan with his plethora of canine antics. “George Knows” is entertaining for kids and parents alike, and that’s not something you can always say about children’s books. If you enjoy a fun read, a bit of mystery, and an endearing relationship between an animal and his “Girlpup” – this book is for you. If you’re looking for something to give the child in your life or a book you can read together, look no further…this is it!” ~ 5 Star Review, Luv2ReadBooks, Amazon
“A delight, not only for kids, but for older “kids at heart”. When George speaks, it’s like hearing inside my dogs head. Mindy Mymudes really knows her dogs. George’s mannerisms from eating to trying to get attention, are spot on. I Loved it, and can’t wait for George’s next adventure! Definitely 5 Stars!!!!” ~ 5 Star Review, Tammy, Amazon
About the Author: Mindy Mymudes
I’ve worked in a hazardous waste lab, where under the sign for the Right To Know law, was added: if you can figure it out. I’ve been a metals tech, a bakery clerk, a professional gardener, and taught human anatomy and ran two university greenhouses. Along the way I picked up my Master’s Degree in Biology, specializing in the population genetics of an endangered plant. I am also a top breeder, handler, trainer of English springer spaniels, with three in the equivalent of the National Club’s (ESSFTA) hall of fame. Every time I think I know dogs, another dog comes along and proves my beliefs are totally wrong. To learn more about Mindy and George Knows, please visit the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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