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Luna the fluffy black dog has two loves: biscuits, and her owner, Lilly.  When the lid to her biscuit jar is accidentally left open and the naughty dog next door, Ollie, tries to persuade Luna to steal the biscuits, Luna has to decide what is most important: her favorite crunchy treat or the continued trust of Lilly.

The illustrations in Stephanie Hewitt’s  LUNA LOVES BISCUITS are vibrant, eye-catching, and have a good sense of humor– all the backgrounds and characters are bright and colorful, purposely making the solid black Luna stand out in an amusing way. Kids will want to enter the tilty house on Tumble Lane and they’ll love “smelly” Ollie and his funny sideways smile. But most of all, they’ll want to cuddle Luna with her happy facial expressions, cutely protruding tongue,  and “curly, wurly” fur, and her dilemma will seem familiar to them: should Luna listen to her mischievous friend Ollie and do something she knows she shouldn’t, or live by the moral lessons taught to her by her (parental stand-in) owner, Lilly? LUNA LOVES BISCUITS solves this in a fun, not-preachy way, and ends with a pleasant reward for our cuddly heroine, who promptly starts dreaming about what other mischief she can get herself into.

The charm of the story and illustrations notwithstanding, the actual telling of Luna’s tale could use some shaping and editing. Introducing the character of Luke, Lilly’s brother, by name and with his own illustration and then not using him in the story feels like a missed opportunity, and showing Luke and Lilly with Ollie before we see them with Luna was visually confusing. The sequence of introducing Ollie, his sneaky plans, and Luna’s love for biscuits seems out of order and doesn’t follow well; also, Hewitt initially identifies Ollie as the one who gives Luna sneaky ideas, but in the body of the story, it is Luna herself who comes up with it. Another missed opportunity is the “treasure map of ideas” that is introduced as a visual, but then not followed through. With such an intriguing concept, the reader will want to see some of the fun plans played out in the text/action, but instead we just jump straight to the resolution and moral of the story. While the use of rhyming words is quite fun– “cheeky, sneaky” and “creaky, leaky”, for example– there’s some text repetition in the story that doesn’t seem designed to clarify the ideas for young readers, instead just seeming a bit sloppy and unintentional. With early reading books such as LUNA LOVES BISCUITS, every word carries weight and needs to move the story forward with precision and purpose; Hewitt could use some more shaping of the prose.

Sweet illustrations and a charming main (dog) character who learns a good lesson balance out the uneven and sometimes confusing prose in the children’s illustrated book, LUNA LOVES BISCUITS.

~Shari Simpson
for IndieReader

A lively, charming choice for kids who love canines

Rated 5 out of 5
April 22, 2021

Ayoungster searches for his dog in Hewitt’s picture book.
Luke can’t find Luna anywhere. Wondering where such a large dog could hide, he searches behind the sofa, through dirty laundry piles, and even inside the doghouse. Luke wants desperately to play with his beloved dog. As lunchtime nears, worry sets in. Where could the pup be? Suddenly, the boy hears an unusual scratching sound coming from his bedroom. After opening the door, Luna barges out “and gives me the biggest, sloppiest lick across my face.” Luke realizes that “Luna was never hiding from me! She was stuck in my bedroom all along.” Thrilled to be reunited, the two head outside to gambol. This playful tale will appeal to young animal lovers. The graphic illustrations are colorful and spirited, featuring bright tones and large lettering. The text and the illustrations appear on alternating pages. Details of subtext occur throughout, such as a smattering of hearts surrounding the united pals. Luke has a large and expressive face, light skin, curly blond hair, and blue eyes. Sweet and friendly, Luna is “a big black dog with lots of curly wurly hair.”
A lively, charming choice for kids who love canines.


Cora and Nala are happy to let you know Where did Luna go? is an amazing book

Rated 5 out of 5
April 22, 2021

Cora and Nala are happy to let you know Where did Luna go? is an amazing book.
Luna is just the sweetest little pup with curly black hair. Her favorite human can’t find her. He goes on a fun little journey to find Luna.
The pictures are well done. The story is very simple and fun, great for young readers!
I recommend this book for kids through age 5.
Sneak peek in my stories!


Good book (BOOK: Where Did Luna Go?)

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2021

This is a Cute Children’s Book that I read to my twin boys. I found this book a simple, but it was a very cute book. I love that just book teaches kids that dogs/pets can get stuck behind close doors. I love the pictures in this book. I won a kindle edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion about how I feel about the book.


Love the illustrations (BOOK: Luna Loves Biscuits)

Rated 5 out of 5
January 5, 2021

The book has a good moral to the story which I love and teaches children a very important life lesson via the dog Luna.


For young readers who love dogs—or need a model for making good choices—this is a sure bet

Rated 5 out of 5
November 22, 2020

A biscuit-loving dog makes a tough choice in this playful picture book about positive decision-making.
Luna, a big black dog with “curly wurly hair,” lives with blond, blue-eyed siblings Luke and Lilly in a house next door to mischievous, smelly pup Ollie. A special jar with a purple ribbon, made lovingly by Lilly, stores Luna’s beloved biscuits. Every day, Lilly gives Luna a treat—but when Lilly forgets to close the jar one day, Luna and Ollie start planning how Luna can get her extra biscuits. The pups draw a treasure map for their sneaky plan. Soon, however, Luna has second thoughts and realizes that she loves Lilly more than biscuits. Hewitt, who introduced the dog and her human pals in Where Did Luna Go? (2020), sets up the expectations that things will go horribly wrong: lap readers can be invited to imagine what disasters will occur when Luna tries to get her treats. The way Luna thinks before she acts gives readers a great model for ways to handle temptation and subverts the lessons-learned expectations of familiar picture books. The fun cartoon illustrations generally keep the dogs doglike, with the exception of drawing their plans, and the settings have a storybook feel. Hewitt’s delightful use of repeated rhymes—“crickety, rickety old house” and “creaky, leaky old kitchen”—makes for a delightful read-aloud experience.
For young readers who love dogs—or need a model for making good choices—this is a sure bet.

Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 9 reviews)
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