Spare Dog Parts (Miss K Review)

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Spare Dog Parts by Alison Hughes, illustrated by Ashley Spires


Age Range: 4 – 8 years | Grade Level: Preschool – 3 | Hardcover: 32 pages | Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (January 26, 2016)


About Spare Dog Parts:

A stumpy tail, mismatched paws, a long, drooly snout and the biggest dog heart that ever beat. In a celebration of what makes a pet unique, a little girl imagines how an odd assortment of parts combined to make the perfect dog.

With spare, inviting text from Alison Hughes and charmingly offbeat illustrations by award-winning illustrator Ashley Spires, this gorgeous picture book is sure to be an instant classic.



About the Author:

Alison Hughes has lived, worked and studied in Canada, England and Australia. She started writing when it became clear that it was much more fun and flexible than being a lawyer, and didn’t require her to wear nylons. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband, three children, three dogs and two cats. For more information, visit


About the Illustrator:

Ashley Spires is the creator of the award-winning Binky the Space Cat series and has authored and illustrated many picturebooks. Her dog, Gordon, is very pleased that she finally illustrated a book without a cat in it. She lives in Ladner, British Columbia. For more information, visit


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Miss K’s Review of Spare Dog Parts:

This book is about a girl making a dog out of spare dog parts. I like this book because it is cute. I think this book is for kindergartners, first graders, and second graders. I also think it is for kids who have pets. Also kids that like to build.



My Thoughts:

Spare Dog Parts is about a young girl and her imagination. She believes that her dog was made from left-over dog parts and put together like a puzzle. She has a body that wouldn’t fit any other dog, and since there were no matching sets of dog legs left, she got four unique ones instead. Even though the dog is looks strange, she is a perfect friend for the little girl.

This is such a sweet book. Kids love their pets, even if they look weird. Kids always think their pet is perfect.

The text is simple and sweet, each word chosen with care. The illustrations are also fun, adding to the story alongside the text. I love the white lab coat the little girl wears and the connection she has to her pet.

This is a good book for pet lovers ages 4-7

Orca Book Publishers sent us a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.



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