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Paperback Details
  • 06/2022
  • 978-1915036094 B0B3QXMNHX
  • 85 pages
  • $8.99
Ebook Details
  • 06/2022
  • 978-1915036094 B0B3QXMNHX
  • 85 pages
  • $3.99
Amy Flanagan
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Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law
Amy Flanagan, author

Middle Grade; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Mrs. R. Snugglesworth is 70 pounds of low-to-the-ground PRECIOUS. She is the Best at Finding Slightly-Used Sandwiches and The Best at Loving Ham -- and now she's looking for her next big challenge. To her surprise, she finds it at the local Bark Park, when she discovers a passion for the law. Dog law, that is. In two wags of a tail, she enrolls at Wagsworth Legal Academy, eager to become a lawyer. Turns out, it's not that easy learning to be The Best at Law School. But when Mrs. R. finds out her friend Pitter-Patter needs help, she can't wait to take on her first case. Only one small issue: she hasn't quite finished her law degree. Some dogs might see this as a problem, but not Mrs. R! After all, Pitter-Patter needs a lawyer, and she is ALMOST a lawyer. Which everyone knows is practically as good as BEING a lawyer, right? She'll just juggle her law classes, naps, walks, power naps, chasing tennis balls, snacks, naps, and work on Pitter-Patter's case at the same time. What could possibly go wrong?
Reviews
Long satisfied with simply being adorable, Mrs. R. Snugglesworth makes a life-changing decision to join the Legal Beagles of the canine justice system in Flanagan’s charming middle-grade debut. The effusive English Labrador Retriever is not shy about wagging her own tail, and Mrs. R.’s narration is punctuated with declarations about being the best at anything she attempts. But her plans to be the top student at the prestigious Wagsworth Legal Academy are stymied when she’s paired up with attention-seeker Maple Lane. Aghast at his arrogance (“The ego on that dog!”), Mrs. R. begins to curb her overconfidence when she glimpses unnerving similarities between herself and the snappy terrier.

Even before completing her studies, Mrs. R. is asked to defend her friend, Pitter-Patter, who’s accused of a heinous crime: Intentional Destruction of a Stuffed Animal. Mrs. R. knows the gentle Great Dane is innocent and begins gathering evidence, all while hoping that she can pass the bar before the trial date. Flanagan infuses elements of a legal thriller with sly humor and a delightfully dog-centric perspective, crafting a distinctive protagonist in Mrs. R., who spends her days being pampered and praised but learns about the law and participates in trials at the Bark Park to expand her horizons beyond an idyllic routine of fun frolics and tasty treats.

Jon Davis’s black-and-white illustrations have the wry expressiveness of the work of Roz Chast, especially the gallery of canines whose personalities are captured in pithy profile. Flanagan skillfully embeds her lessons (accepting responsibility and following through on commitments) in this engaging series debut, and when Mrs. R. returns to represent more clients and solve new mysteries, this prideful pup should also continue to mature. Mrs. R. possesses an Elle Woods blend of legal prowess and waggish charm, and her newfound need to be an advocate for others will inspire young readers to look beyond their comfort zones.

Takeaway: A self-involved dog becomes a lawyer in this picture-book charmer.

Great for fans of: Jennifer Gray’s Atticus Claw Breaks the Law, Jennifer Hawkins’s To Fetch a Felon, and Vicki Milliken’s Jobs for Paws.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A-

NetGalley

I fell in love with the cover and had a lot of fun in reading this book. It's written tongue in cheek and it can be appreciated by adults and children.

There's a lot of humour, a lovely canine MC, and a plot that flows.

Highly recommended.

Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

NetGalley

This early chapter book tells the story of an unusual attorney who may get distracted by cheese, but also is great at sniffing out some important evidence! The book is quirky and describes the world from the perspective of a dog, something that children often find really hilarious! This book is a total of about 85 pages, with 15 short chapters, each about 5 pages long. The short chapters and black and white illustrations will help readers who are ready to move on to longer texts but are not quite ready to go without pictures just yet, making this the perfect transitionary book for early and middle grade readers. I could definitely see this book fitting in well in my classroom library and would highly recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the age 8-12 range. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

News
09/07/2022
Amy Flanagan Discusses Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law with The Children'

Written from the point of view of a big-hearted, sassy retriever, Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law is a hilarious dog’s-eye exploration of family, friendship, and problem-solving. Author Amy Flanagan’s responses to these interview questions showcase exactly why kids are loving this book. Read on!

08/10/2022
MRS. R. SNUGGLESWORTH, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

This book will have special appeal to any readers who have ever found themselves wondering what their pet is thinking; in fact, a good supplemental activity for the classroom might encourage readers to tell a short story about their own pet, or a pet they know. A winning combination of elementary detective mystery and pet humor worthy of top dog honors.

08/16/2022
Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law Author Interview & Giveaway

Where did you get the inspiration for the character Mrs. R. Snugglesworth?
You will not be surprised to learn that we have a female, yellow English lab. She is delightfully stocky and we have entertained ourselves through the years imagining what she is thinking.

08/15/2022
Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law | Dedicated Review

Written from the point of view of a big-hearted, sassy retriever, Mrs. R. Snugglesworth is a hilarious dog’s-eye exploration of family, friendship, and problem-solving.

07/19/2022
St. Ignace’s Flanagan Publishes Children’s Book

"Aren't you a Mrs. Snugglesworth. . ."

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 06/2022
  • 978-1915036094 B0B3QXMNHX
  • 85 pages
  • $8.99
Ebook Details
  • 06/2022
  • 978-1915036094 B0B3QXMNHX
  • 85 pages
  • $3.99

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