Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.

When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review, courtesy of the Midwest Book Review:

doggie delicious

Doggie Delicious

by Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston
Illustrated by Malinda Raines

Publisher: Outskirts Press



A Uniquely Talented Dog!

Life at the ranch is fun and happy, but nobody could have imagined how much more interesting it would become when Bibi, a very unusual dog, came to add an exponential level of joy. As Bibi explores her gifts and chases her dream, surprises abound as all the animals at the ranch find themselves catapulted out of the status quo and into a new world where anything is possible. A magnificent ranch play day evolves, where each animal makes a special contribution to share the best and most unexpected parts of themselves with the neighborhood children. The play day goes so well that the animals can hardly wait for the next adventure. Bibi’s success in realizing her intentions shows the animals what determination and courage can accomplish, and as she models faith and trust in the greater wisdom of life, all the people and animals around her begin to understand that there is much more to themselves, and to the world! This charming beginning chapter book with its positive, inspiring message is sure to become a favorite with readers of all ages.


I was very impressed with this read as it touches on living life with all its joys and sadness. Life, death, eternity all play a roll in our lives, be it with other humans, or animals that we treasure so deeply. This is a story of living, not dying, of hope, imagination, caring, and joy. It is about a family, not just made up of humans, but made up of lives that are all a part of one another’s day, and life. It is about Babi, a special dog, with special traits, that brings front and center imagination, hope, inspiration, and love to all the animals and humans that this special creature comes in contact with. Babi is the example for all others of forging ahead, open to the tasks, the challenges and the victory to be had. It is a story of love, encouragement, faith, hope and winning. Very moving read, well done. Recommended..

reviewed by Shirley Priscilla Johnson]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

 Doggie Delicious by Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston is a special book about love and finding your inspiration to follow in order to make
your special contribution to life. This is a chapter book. It can be read to your child or if your child is a reader then they can read it alone
or to you. It is a great book to add to your child’s book shelf. It is about Bibi who is adopted and lives on a ranch with many other
animals. She soon develops wings. Bibi uses her wings to help people, her animal friends and her “Master.” A ranch play day is
planned, neighbors are invited and all the animals participate with their special contribution. Everyone begins to understand that
there’s more to themselves that than they thought. The party ends with everyone looking forward to the next play day. I gave this book
5 stars but it deserves many, many more. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I look forward to more from Mary Jo Wisneski

– Barnes & Noble Reviewer MargieS1

In this captivating children’s story we meet the Bibi. She is a lovely white pup who comes to live at the ranch. She quickly entrenches herself into the hearts of her owners and then the fun begins. Bibi has a great adventure and has a very special talent (but I’m not going to spoil it here).

This is a chapter book with full colour page illustrations by Malinda Raines. I think many children will enjoy Bibi’s story. If you’re looking for a children’s chapter book that your child will treasure then this will make a great addition to your library.

While I thoroughly enjoyed this book there were times when I worried about the complex language and sentence structure. On reflection though I don’t think it would put a good reader off. Also, it’s important to challenge children as they require the necessary skills and develop their appreciation of our language.

The story is well thought out and engaging. I found it delightful and can highly recommend it.

– Goodreads Reviewer Susan Day

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