Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Book Review | PET THAT DOG! by Gideon Kidd & Rachel Braunigan

by Gideon Kidd and Rachel Braunigan
Publication: October 20, 2020
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Activity Book for Children
Rating: ★★★★★

From 11-year-old dog-loving Gideon Kidd of the viral Twitter account I've Pet That Dog comes a guide for young readers to befriend and care for dogs of all shapes, sizes, and personalities!

Want to know how many times a kid asked us if they could pet our dog, Rue? Many, many times. Sometimes it can get funny when they come at her running with their arms wide open and shouting “puppy, puppy, puppy.” Meanwhile, Rue thinks they want to play tag, then starts running around, hiding and peeking out of bushes, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. And sometimes, she can get so excited it’s hard to get her settled enough again to get petted. This first-hand experience taught us that there are plenty of kids out there who love to pet dogs that are either too eager or too shy to ask.

Thanks to Gideon and his mom, Rachel, for sharing PET THAT DOG! It’s a handbook on how to befriend and care for dogs. It comes in an interactive format with fun facts, a dog tracker, and a checklist. The book also has some beautiful illustrations of interesting dogs Gideon met before.

Undoubtedly, plenty of kids and future dog owners will learn much from this book, and this could be a fun family activity too.

*The book is ON SALE NOW, purchase your copy and send your receipt to Quirk Books by October 27, 2020 to get a free sticker sheet and a bookplate signed by Gideon. For more details click here.


About the Author:
Gideon Kidd is a 12-year-old boy from Iowa. He loves dogs and hopes to meet and pet as many as he can. He asked his Mom if he could start a blog in 2016, when he was 8 years old, documenting each dog he petted. He began posting his pictures and stories on Twitter in April 2018, and now he has pet over 1,000 dogs and has over 300,000 Twitter followers. Rachel Braunigan is Gideon's mom. A social worker turned stay-at-home mom, she has four sons. Rachel assists Gideon with his project by taking pictures, and helping in the never-ending quest to pet more dogs.

*Thanks to Quirk Books for the printed copy in exchange for this unbiased review.
*This post is a part of the monthly linkups organized by Lovely Audiobooks! You can click here to check it out and be a part of it.


  1. This sounds wonderful! What a great way to learn to care for your family dog!

    1. It is. Quite handy and fun for the whole family too.

  2. This sounds like such a cute book, and a useful one too! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh, yes. You should the illustrations inside. Kids will love them.

  3. Aww this is so cute! Once I get a dog I'll have to get myself a copy