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{Pug Blasts Off: Sonia Sander}Pug Blasts Off by Sonia Sander
Series: Diary of a Pug
Published by Scholastic Press on October 1, 2019
Genres: Childrens
Pages: 80
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – The first book in a sweet and funny new Branches series about a pug and his human, told from the pug’s POV!
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Baron von Bubbles, a.k.a “Bub,” is the self-proclaimed cutest pug on the planet! Things he loves: fashion, peanut butter, and his human, Bella. Things he does NOT love: Nutz the squirrel, baths, and the rain. When Bella enters the Inventor Challenge, Bub helps her craft the best project ever. But what happens when Nutz gets on Bub’s nerves and makes him ruin Bella’s project? If Bub wants to make it up to Bella, he’ll have to stand up to Nutz — and the rain — once and for all.

With full-color artwork throughout, this funny and charming diary-format early chapter book is perfect for anyone who believes a furry pal is the best kind of friend.

{My thoughts} – Bub is a fun little Pug that likes to be helpful to his owner Bella. He likes to help her with her projects, to snuggle her and to wake her up when she is trying to sleep. He enjoys dress up and cannot stand being out in the rain.

In this book they make a rocket together, but it ends up getting ruined. So he does everything he can to try and get all the pieces back so they can put it back together. However, Bella decides she wants to make something other then the rocket so they get to work on that.

Bub learns that when he really wants something, he shouldn’t be afraid to try and get it. He overcomes his fear of rain through his love for Bella.

This book reminds me a lot of the set up for The Owl Diary Series by Rebecca Elliot. It has the same general look and feel. I really enjoyed reading through it and learning about Bub and Bella. The illustrations and the words on the pages go together nicely. They help to keep the reader engaged in the story.

I look forward to reading more books in this series as they release.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.