By J. Wynn Rousuck
An Adorable Book for Dog Lovers
When a new puppy named Zippy enters Winslow's comfortable home, his life changes completely. Winslow, a sophisticated and reserved Boston Terrier, is now sharing his space with a highly energetic 7-month-old West Highland Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier mix. Winslow quickly grows tired of Zippy's tendency to steal his toys, treats, and food. In response, Winslow writes a letter to his Grandma Vivienne, expressing his grievances. Grandma Vivienne corresponds with letters of advice to both Winslow and Zippy. Meanwhile, the dogs’ parents, Pamela and Frank, are also dealing with their own issues in addition to the chaos caused by Zippy's incessant digging and chewing.
PLEASE WRITE is an adorable story about the challenges of adding a new puppy to Frank and Pamela's home. As someone who adopted a new puppy myself a year ago, I found this part of the story to be hilarious and relatable. I especially enjoyed the correspondence between Grandma Vivienne, Winslow, and Zippy, which was used to tell the story.
The character development of Zippy, the energetic dog, was precious. His antics were so relatable, and I could just picture the very proper Winslow, wearing a bow tie, keeping an eye on the mischievous Zippy, and documenting all of his transgressions.
Being a dog lover, I found the book quite enjoyable. However, I couldn't help but ponder over the target audience for this book. The portion of the story that covers the human characters delves into complex issues such as depression, alcoholism, and death. These topics really take away from the potential of this book and seem incongruous with the rest of the story.
I listened to the audiobook for Please Write and loved the voices of both Zippy and Winslow. Thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Bancroft Books
Published November 7, 2023
Narrated Nancy Dhulipala