As Good As Gold: a dog’s life in poems by Patricia Furstenburg book review


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As Good As Gold: A dog’s life in poems written and self-published by Patricia Furstenburg is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favorite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humor we always knew our dogs possessed.
Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through such pondering as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?”
A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by expressive portraits of our canine friends. The poems are grouped in: Questions, Colors, Musings and Haiku.

* Ideal to boost you up by reading one poem at a time,
* Great conversational piece to have around on a rainy day,
* Fantastic tool to discuss colors in nature and everyday questions with your little ones,
* A gentle way to introduce children to animals’ feelings,
* Amazing picture to cheer you up.
* An ideal gift for any dog lovers!


I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I don’t read a lot of poetry but as a child I won a book token at Sunday School and I chose a poetry book as my prize (I still have this book).  I was intrigued to read this collection of poetry by Patricia Furstenburg, I love animals and I felt like it would be a refreshing change to reading a full-length novel.

The poems in this collection are based around dogs and their adventures, antics and personalities.  There are lovely photographic images of dogs within the pages and even on my black and white ereader they looked stunning and adorable.  I could quite easily picture any of the poems taking centre stage as a children’s picture book.

I believe this collection of poems would appeal to all ages young and old.  Poems are great ‘coffee table’ books that can be read at any time, they can be a tea-break read, a great interlude in between books read or just a read to bring a smile on your face.  Poem are also a great introduction to children about the use of words and language in literature.

The author Patricia Furstenburg has kindly allowed me to share one of my favourite poems from As Good As Gold with you:

I am the master of my house: I am the master of the bed.
I am loved by all and when I growl, all danger’s scared.
My life is plain and simple, I can predict each day:
Wake up, lick a hand, jump out of bed, stretch and play.
Check all the doors, head for the kitchen: my breakfast PLUS titbits.
Guard our house when alone, go for evening walks, take naps. A bliss!

Routine was good, my life was planned.
Then cat showed up, my life got changed.
But since Mom brought her, I guess she’s in. No chitchat.
I’m the master of my bed … no more.
Why, Cat?
I wake, I stretch … ouch! Back hurts from sleeping on the floor.
How can someone so small take over a whole donut bed? AND she snores!

I check the doors … alarm!
Someone’s been in … and out?
What’s this? Who travels through at night? It’s Cat!
Why, Cat? When nights are made for sleep!
It’s breakfast time, my last resort. I leap.
What’s this? A bowl of milk? Where is my pork brat?
For Cat! I try to eat my food. She meows … and get’s my treat! Why, Cat?

All right, just this one time. You’re new around, must get the rules.
But when we’re home alone, I am the boss. I sleep, you watch your moves.
She purrs, SHE sleeps; I lie awake.
She is so noisy!
How can you sleep when all you do is being rowdy?
Mom’s home, Dad too. It’s walk time, for big boys like me. Take that!
I walk with Dad, Mom walks with … cat? Oh no! Why, Cat?

A week has passed. My life has changed … It’s Cat! She never left.
However, she did learn the house rules, with quite some zest.
We share the bed; she’s soft and loves to cuddle.
We share the breakfast; I get the crust, she gets the bits of bacon.
We guard the home; day shifts are mine, she mostly guards at night time.
And turns out that her purring is not so bad, once you get used to …

So, welcome, Cat.

dog and kitten

About the Author

Patricia-FurstenbergPatricia Furstenberg is a skilled children’s book author, poetess and mother, known for her uplifting, charming themes and lovable, enchanting characters: dogs, cats, elephants, cheetahs, lions, but also squirrels and snails.
Her words “truly make the world a happier and more beautiful place!”

Her book “Joyful Trouble” is an Amazon Bestseller.
Her book of poems “As Good As Gold” became a #1 New Release the day it was published.

With a medical degree behind her, Patricia is passionate about mind, brain and education and the psychology behind it. Using her knowledge she crafts stories and poems that are great fun, as well as teaching empathy. Her stories are filled with “creativity and vivid imagery” and she knows how to “capture the reader’s imagination.”
Her prolific writing is described as: positive, diverse, crisp, joyful and uplifting.

Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents.
As a winner of the Write Your Own Christie Competition, the Judges “were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style”. The judges thought Patricia’s writing style is “well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense”, “confident and intriguing”. The Judges were Mathew Prichard, David Brawn from Harper Collins UK and Daniel Mallory from Harper Collins US.

When she’s not writing Patricia likes to read, read, read and dance. She never counts how many cups of coffee she enjoys in a day.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.
Patricia lives happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.

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Wojtek – War Hero Bear by Jenny Robertson blogtour book review

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Wojtek – War Hero Bear written by Jenny Robertson, illustrated by Tim Archbold, publisher BC Books (Birlinn Limited).  The book is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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When a tiny orphaned bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II, little does anyone know that little Wojtek will become one of the bravest fighters of them all. As the soldiers train to take part in some of the fiercest fighting of the war, Wojtek grows up, providing headaches and laughter in equal measure as he learns to drink beer, chase horses and wrestle with his human friends. But at Monte Cassino, as the Allies try and dislodge German troops from their mountain-top eyrie, Wojtek, now a fully signed-up solider with his own rank and number, comes into his own, dodging the bullets to carry ammunition to his comrades as they inch their way to victory. After the war, the Polish solders move to Scotland. Wojtek comes too and soon becomes the centre of attention in a new country. But with hostilities ended, how long can he keep his freedom?


I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating this remarkable story of Wojtek – War Hero Bear.  Last summer I visited Edinburgh myself and whilst walking through Princes Street Gardens I came across a beautiful commemorative statue of a soldier with a bear and was instantly captivated by this story of humanity and bravery.  This is the photo I took of the statue.

Wojtek statue Edinburgh park July 2017

I’ve often said that fiction brings history to life and the author Jenny Robertson’s story based on the actual experiences of the Polish soldiers and of their new recruit a little brown bear cub was enchanting, poignant and gave you a little hope and comfort in a very difficult time to many.  I found myself charmed by Wojtek and his relationship with Piotr and at times I was overcome with emotion.  This story would be wonderful read out aloud to a class of primary aged children learning about WWII.  The book also could be read by children aged 9+ and equally could be enjoyed by adults.

Wojtek’s story takes on a different aspect to the horrors of war.  This little bear cub lovingly named Wojtek (meaning someone who enjoys a good fight) was to become an essential member of the Polish Army; this army of men of differing ages and backgrounds forced to flee their family and homes.  The men had dark moments of the time they left their beloved homeland.  The men are now united with the hope of returning home.  Wojtek gave them another focus, a sort of light relief and he was definitely a morale booster.

Jenny Robertson’s story touches on friendship, especially finding and accepting new friends through difficult times.  We learn of humanity, care and trust.  With Jenny Robertson’s words and the wonderful line drawings by Tim Archbold (which I believe fit perfectly for Wojtek rather than cartoon-esque images as Wojtek wasn’t a fictional cartoon creation, he was very real) the story was informative, entertaining, emotive and inspirational.  Wojtek will be remembered by many for a long, long time.

About the Author

Jenny Robertson WojtekJenny Robertson has written numerous books for children and adults – fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Her children’s novels and Bible stories have been widely translated and also read on Yorkshire Television and STV.

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