The Playful Tale of a Persistent Puppy!
Buddy really, REALLY wants to be a lifeguard.
There’s only one problem … he’s just a teeny weeny, fluffy puffy toy poodle!
Meet Buddy, an adorable pocket-sized puppy who will stop at nothing to become a lifeguard. He practices hard every day … swimming, diving, rescuing … but no matter how hard he tries, nobody thinks he can do the job. His heart is full of hope, but when the family move from beachside Sydney all the way to chilly London, this determined little dog’s efforts to chase his dreams don’t go to plan at all!
Can he find a way to prove his bravery and show everyone there’s more to him than meets the eye?
Buddy will steal your heart, and his spirit-lifting journey will inspire every reader to follow their dreams.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Reedsy Discovery.
I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
The Fancy Schmancy Lifeguard: A Tale of Bravery by Gilda Boram is a story about Buddy, a black toy poodle who longs to become a lifeguard. His dream wasn’t fulfilled very quickly or easily. He was met with skepticism, ridicule, and laughter on more than one occasion.
Poor Buddy’s feelings were understandable hurt.
When you and your child witness Buddy’s dropped head, sad face, when others laugh at him, it’ll break your heart. Julian Boram, the illustrator, did a fantastic job with every image. He made us feel what Buddy, the toy poodle, felt: sadness, joy, pride, etc.
My daughter and I really enjoyed this story and the images. We clapped when Buddy became the hero. We laughed when he was riding the waves and jet ski.
Gilda and Julian Boram created a book I know many kids will love as much as my child did. Parents will love it too because it teaches children to chase their dreams, as Buddy chased after his dream of becoming a lifeguard.
I agree with the author’s suggested reading age (2 – 6 years) and grade level (preschool – 3). The text was simple. I think the only word that might confuse some readers is rip (as in tide), depending on where they live. They can pronounce it but may confuse it with rip, as in tear.
One last thing!
BE sure and read the end credits where you’ll learn a “Fun Fact.”
Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Meet the Author
Gilda was born and raised in Australia. Her lifelong love of poodles began one day after school when her mum told her to take a peek inside her handbag. There she found a teeny weeny, fluffy puffy, black toy poodle puppy. It was love at first sight.