Book Review and Give-Away:Lola Goes to Work: A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog- by Marcia Goldman

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“The BEST things DO come in SMALL packages” is what first came to mind when I first laid eyes on the incredible photos of Lola, the five-pound Yorkshire Terrier star of the adorable book for children, Lola Goes to Work:A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog by Marcia Goldman.

Traditionally, therapy dogs are larger dogs, such as Golden Retrievers, (yes, little dogs are therapy dogs too, but they aren’t as common as larger therapy dogs),  but Lola dreamed of helping others. She was determined to prove to the naysayers that she wasn’t  “too small” to become a therapy dog, so off to school she went!

Children can follow Lola’s journey of becoming a therapy dog, through brilliant and simply endearing photos.  They will also learn through the barks words of Lola herself, that even if you are small, you can still accomplish BIG things with patience, confidence and a lot of hard work! They will also learn about the joy that comes back  to them by showing kindness and compassion to others.

Lola Goes to Work is ideal for teachers and parents. There is a Teacher Page in the back which lists discussion topics such as:

Focus Wordswhere children are encouraged to discuss the meaning of words: Happy, Kind, Work, Friends.

There are questions that can teachers and parents can ask their children such as:

What does Lola do to make the people she visits feel better?

What could you do to make somebody who was sad feel better?

There are also Activities such as:

drawing a picture of work that a child wants to do when he/she grows up

Lola Goes to Work is “small” (a super-fast picture-book read), but don’t let the size deter you from purchasing this gem. Remember that often, “the best things come in small packages.”

Marcia and Lola, photo courtesy of Marcia Goldman

Marcia and Lola, photo courtesy of Marcia Goldman

ABOUT LOLA: Lola is a five-pound Yorkshire Terrier who lives in California with her adoring owners. She is a proud certified therapy dog who makes weekly visits to elder care centers, bookstores, and classrooms.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marcia Goldman has her Masters Degree in Special Education and has spent the last 25 years focusing on providing therapeutic-based programs for children with autism and their families.


The publisher has generously offered one of our readers living in the U.S. or Canada (unfortunately due to shipping costs, the publisher cannot include our International readers and we are sorry!) the chance to win this darling book  (a $16.99 value)

TO ENTER: you must be 18 or over. Just leave a comment telling me who will be enjoying this book!

The give-away is open now and will close on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5pm. The winner will be selected by and announced on Thursday, October 24th.

Good Luck!


I was sent a copy of Lola Goes to Work A Nine-To-Five Therapy Dog to review and give my honest opinion. I was not compensated for this review.





  1. I work at Barnes & Noble and this would be a great book to read for our Story Time.

  2. Ann Marie Stelma Graff says:

    It sounds like a great book. I will definitely share it with my students.

  3. What a cutie and what a wonderful way to get the message out. Reilly is a therapy dog – retired now due the arthritis in his feet…but we loved doing it
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  4. Good luck to all american doggies! I bet it’s a super book! Even the cover is fabulous. Thanks for another great review, Dakota&Mom
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  5. Sounds like a wonderful story! So glad Lola followed her dreams! Thank you for sharing it on the Pet Parade
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  6. I would love to read this book! I do need to learn more about therapy dogs.

  7. De Cunningham (@skye613) says:

    Skye and I have been a therapy team for 9 years. Skye is a 10 lb Doxie . One of the best programs we participate in is R.E.A.D. Reading education assistance dog. We visit the library each month and the little ones read to the dogs. This book would be fabulous .

  8. emma says:

    What a cute book! Nice review too!
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  9. You find the cutest children’s books…This one sounds good
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  10. As a therapy dog myself, I would love to win this book! I could take it with me when I go to visit the human puppies at Mom’s school!

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  11. I bet children will just love that book with little Lola!
    Lynne x
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  12. sara oreo and chewy says:

    What a great idea for a book! I’ll leave the giveaway to everyone else, since I have older students.

  13. Looks like a great book – that cover photo is a gem too. Wonder what fits in that suitcase??

  14. Sounds pawdorable!
    Such a cutie
    Thanks for the info Dakota!

  15. Cute cover. Nice review.
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  16. This sounds like a great book!! We would be reading it to our sister tzus and peki-huahua too!!
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  17. Donna says:

    I can definitely see the benefit in having a small therapy dog. And therapy dogs rock – big or small! 🙂
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  18. so cute! My friends have kids so I could read it to them 🙂

  19. I love the cover very cute, sounds like a good read.

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  20. If we won this book, after a sneak peek, Lady would donate it to the centre she works at for children with autism. A couple of them LOVE dogs! She thinks it would be very popular. Lee and Phod
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  21. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I would share it with my students and the struggling readers that I work tutor.

  22. I have a 1st grade grand-daughter, Brooke. She adopted a Beagle mix, Jasmine, from the local SPCA about a year ago and has been caring for Jasmine very well. We just started training at Petco and Jasmine and Brooke are doing great learning together. Brooke will love this book, since she loves all animals and wants to be a vet.

  23. Two French Bulldogs says:

    This sure sounds like a good read
    Benny & Lily

  24. Clowie says:

    It sounds lovely, but I’m on the wrong side of the Atlantic to win it – I’ll add it my wish list.
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  25. Sounds like a great book!
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