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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WOW! Women on Writing blog tour of "A Dog Dreams of Paris" by Barbara Barth (review by Carmen J. Otto) and GIVEAWAY

Thank you to WOW! Women on Writing for asking us to participate in this awesome tour!

REVIEW by eight year old Carmen J. Otto

A Dog Dreams of Paris is the diary of a rescue dog named April who became a Diva. April is the main character; she is the dog of author Barbara Barth.

The book is interesting because it is written by a dog and has a lot of French words and places in it. The main idea of the book is to follow April's journey through the sites, sounds, and smells of Paris. A Dog Dreams of Paris takes place in Paris, France during current days. Because it takes place in Paris, reading it helps you learn about Paris and French things.

April the rescue dog was adopted into a family of five dogs. April was shy and didn't play with the other dogs but loved spending time with Barbara (her human). April puts on a fancy hat and becomes a diva dog.

My favorite part of the story is the visit to the bird market, because I didn't know there were markets where you could buy pets. I needed my moms help with the French words, I wish the book had a glossary to help say them right, but I really like the story and pictures.

A Dog Dreams of Paris is entertaining and educational because of all the words I hadn't seen before. I enjoyed the pictures and April's story. I totally think other kids should read this book and I'm giving my copy to my school library so my friends can read it too!

Title: A Dog Dreams of Paris: From Rescue Dog to Diva

Author: Barbara Barth

Genre: Gift Book/Children

Publisher: Gilbert Street Press

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Paperback: 52 pages (also available as ebook)

Meet April, a rescue dog turned Diva, in this charming picture book for dreamers of all ages. This fantasy dog memoir is April's travel diary on places she would visit in Paris. April was the sixth dog adopted by author Barbara Barth. She had trouble finding her place in the pack and sat quietly watching the other dogs. During a photo shoot for an Easter blog post, a vintage pink hat, complete with a large silk rose, was placed on April's head. She wore the hat with style and transformed from April to Miss April in Paris. For a few months she had a blog of her own, where she dreamed of visiting the city of lights. April has completed her Paris diary and is sharing it with you here.

Just Thought You Should Know: A portion of all book sales will be donated to animal rescue.

About the Author:
Barbara Barth likes a lot of things: turquoise jewelry, surfing the 'net, and margaritas, to name a few. Then there are the dogs. As many as her house can hold! After her husband died she recorded the year that followed in a series of essays that became her memoir The Unfaithful Widow. When she isn't writing you can find her at the local thrift shops or pounding another nail into the wall to hang the paintings she can't resist. She published a romance novel Danger in her Words before one of her dogs, Miss April in Paris, insisted it was HER turn to write a memoir. Miss April in Paris now refers to Barbara as "my secretary".

Author's Websites:

Barbara Barth’s website:

Barbara Barth’s blog:


Twitter: @writerwithdogs

NOW - FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!! (giveaway ends 7/4)
ebook available internationally, print copy US only

Bio for today's reviewer:

Carmen Jeanne Otto just turned eight years old and lives on a dairy farm. She has over 200 animals on her farm. Carmen enjoys playing piano, swimming, baseball, gardening, and baking (as well as of course, reading, writing, and drawing). She has three siblings in her house: Andre (7), Breccan (1), and Delphine (4 months). Her parents are Mark and Crystal Otto. Carmen helps her mom with book and product reviews and you can find her blogging at Bring On Lemons as well as WOW! Women on Writing where her recent feature was a book review for Margo Dill's "Finding My Place".

There are more tour stops yet to come, be sure to check them out:

Tuesday, July 1 @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews

Friday, July 3 @ Deal Sharing Aunt

Monday, July 6 @ Frog on a Blog
guest post

Wednesday, July 8 @ Building Bookshelves

Thursday, July 9 @ Words by Webb

Friday, July 10 @ Oh My Dog!
interview and giveaway

Tuesday, July 14 @ Writer with Dogs
character interview

Wednesday, July 15 @ Hott Books

Thursday, July 16 @ Margo Dill
guest post

Friday, July 17 @ Renee's Pages

Friday, July 24 @ MC Simon Writes


  1. Carmen, thank you for such a lovely review. I love your idea of a glossary in the back of the book on how to pronounce the French words. I need to learn how to say some of them myself. April took to French easily and I guess she felt comfortable with French! She is also not letting the book go to her head and is as nice as ever, the test of a true Diva. Thank you for sharing my book with your friends and the school library. While April dreams of Paris, I dream about living on a farm with lots of other animals. Perhaps you should write a book about life on the dairy farm with 200 animals. Everyone would want to read that book, too! Me especially! It was a pleasure meeting you today on this blog!

  2. This sounds like a fun book to read! Thank you for your review, Carmen!