JOYFUL TROUBLE: BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF A DOG ENLISTED IN THE ROYAL NAVY,
BY PATRICIA FURSTENBERG
PUBLICATION: APRIL 16, 2017
About the book:
A humorous read about an incredible dog and how he found his true, yet unexpected calling.
A dog. A friendship. A purpose.
Proven to warm your heart, “Joyful Trouble” is a fast-paced, engaging and funny story.
Patricia Furstenberg paints a charming portrait of the bond between a small girl and boy and their much-loved Grandad. This book takes readers on an unbelievable journey, tackling universal themes and voicing animal rights and the importance of fighting for what is right.
When a Great Dane arrives in a Navy base nobody expects him to win everybody’s hearts, although breaking some rules along the way. But things soon turn sour as somebody threatens to put him to sleep. Who will stand up for this four-legged gentle giant?
A charming celebration of innocence.
What a sweet, happy children’s book! Joyful Trouble is a fictional tale, based on a real dog and real events, who was enlisted as a Seaman in the Royal Navy. The story begins with young Ana and Tommy attending a parade with their Grandpa. The annual festivities are in honor of a Great Dane named Joyful Trouble. After Ana comes face to face with one of the big, sweet Great Danes, her Grandpa begins telling her and her little brother the story of Joyful Trouble and how he came to be enlisted in the Royal Navy.
If a book relates to a dog or dogs, then chances are I’m already sold on it, but I really, truly enjoyed this story. There were funny, happy, sad, and frustrating moments as Grandpa tells the children all about Joyful Trouble, but in the end, it was completely heartwarming. There were so many lessons and themes:
- Doing right versus wrong
- Mistakes and mischief are o.k. from time to time
- The bonds between grandparents and grandchildren
- The importance of stories passed down through generations
- Dogs, like people, enjoy having jobs
- Dogs sustain injuries, get better, get sick, etc. – but they eventually finish their lives and die.
- Dogs enjoy canine companions and having children, just as people do
- Bravery isn’t just for people because dogs do brave things all the time
Honestly, I could go on and on with lessons and themes related to this story and hope that anyone with an elementary aged child reading this review will encourage them to read this. Considering that was a teacher for 13 years, I also see a ton of lesson ideas with this novel, starting with researching Justice Nuisance that was a real Great Dane enlisted in the Royal Navy.
Patricia Furstenberg’s writing is just full of happiness, joy, and love. She has the ability to touch on important and sometimes sensitive topics in a respectful and gentle way appropriate for children. While reading, it just appears as interesting and entertaining, but in all of her writings that I have read, there is so much moral fiber and lessons intertwined within her magical words!
*Many thanks to the author for providing me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.