Book Review:Tales of a French Scent Hound by Debucher Baguette, aka Emma the GBGV

Let me begin by saying I have reviewed TONS of books throughout my years of blogging, and about 99% of the books that I have reviewed were books that were sent to me, UNSOLICITED, I did not pursue the authors seeking to review them. Tales of a French Scent Hound was a different “story” altogether. Being a follower of Emma the GBGV’s blog for some time now, and loving every minute of it, the second I heard that she had published her own book, I was all “over the scent” shall we say? I wrote to Emma and asked permission to review her book, and she was kind enough to send me a copy.

Cover design by Debbie Glovatsky, used with permission by Emma

Cover design by Debbie Glovatsky, of Glogirly Design, used with permission by Emma. Click on the photo to visit Glogirly Design

Opening the book I was delighted to see an AUTHENTIC “pawtograph!” The actual pawprint of Emma is  included in the first pages of the book and I knew I was in for a treat!

Tales of a French Scent Hound, as written and told by Emma, is the story of Emma’s life, adorably, hilariously and brilliantly told in HER own words!

The book immediately answers the question, “Just what IS a GBGV!?” If you are anything like I was,  you have no clue, and you will have to read the book to find out!

There are times when I sit down to read a book, that  I just want to  be entertained, I don’t want a heavy plot, I want something bright, fun, well-written and interesting.  If I learn something along the way, it’s that much better. Tales of a French Scent Hound is THAT kind of book.

I found myself completely engrossed with a smile plastered on my face while I enjoyed Emma’s clever writing, some of my favorite chapters were:

Tale One-How It All Began -about Emma’s litter mates, her future “Mom”, and her soon-to-be-new-life in the United States.

Tale Two-Adjusting To My New Life-as told by Emma through the eyes of a puppy. It will have you ooohing and ahhhing, it’s that cute!

You will learn new things by reading:

Tale Six-Exploring Minnesota’s 10,000 Lakes

Tale Thirteen-Off To The Split Rock Lighthouse

Tale Twenty Eight-Road Tripping It To Florida

You will ROAR with laughter when you read:

Tale Fifteen-The Many Loves Of Katie (Emma’s doggy sister who just can’t resist the “boys!”)

Tale Twenty One-What Makes Cats Tick-in which, Emma has a close-up and purrsonal interview with her kitty brother, Bert. This interview is one of a few interviews that are in Tales of a French Scent Hound, the dialogue is deliciously crafted, and is guaranteed to give you some great belly laughs. The interviews have to be one of my favorite parts of this book!

Tale Thirty Eight-Running Emma’s B&B (Bed and Breakfast)



Emma has a most talented “Mom” who takes some of the finest,  and oh-so-fun photographs of her dogs on the web! These insanely creative photographs are featured in this most engaging read, (her utilization of props is pure genius, and she must have the patience of a Saint, because photographing pets is NOT easy). You will fall off of your chair laughing at photos of   Emma in reading glasses,  a Nurse’s outfit,  a Chef’s hat and apron, just to name a few!

It’s Holiday time, and a great way to delight the dog lovers on YOUR gift list would be to purchase Tales of a French Scent Hound.  They can grab a plate of cookies, some nice cold milk, plop the kids on their lap (it’s a great book for the little ones too!), and a dog and/or cat by their side, and find sheer joy in the reading of these tales by one oh-so-NOT ordinary dog!


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  1. We LOVED the book too! …and Emma is practically our neighbor! Small world ; )
    Thank you so much for the very nice shout out for Glogirly Design.
    That was so sweet.
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  2. Emma is so clever and witty on her blog, I have no doubt that her book is fabulous! Thanks for the review!

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  3. Rita and I read the book too and thoroughly enjoyed it! Emma’s so adorable!
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  4. Great review. Mom is reading this right now, and it’s very funny. Of course the photos are so cute.

  5. Great review, I have the book. I need to finish up the book I am reading so I can get to Emma’s!
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  6. Jen says:

    Great review Caren! I love Emma and family! Her Mom is so creative!
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  7. Sounds like a great book! Thanks very much for sharing!
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  8. You’re right Dakota, this would make a pawtastic gift this holiday season, thanks for sharing
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  9. Misaki says:

    I haven’t got a copy yet, but its on my ‘to read’ list
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  10. Great book by another great blogger!

  11. sara, oreo & chewy says:

    Sounds awesome! WIll have to go check it out!

  12. emma says:

    Thanks so much for the pawsome review! So glad you enjoyed the book and photos and were kind enough to review it for me. Emma :)
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  13. Two French Bulldogs says:

    A good read for sure

  14. I love Emma and her photos are always the best! (mom loves Emma’s chimney, she is as crazy as a box of frogs) Thanks for a wonderful review, Dakota&Mom, think this book is a great gift!
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  15. Sounds like a great book! You always find the best books Dakota!
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  16. Pamela says:

    Did the book reveal how Emma’s mom got her to wear the glasses? I don’t know many dogs who would tolerate them.
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  17. I just love Emma! I don’t have her book though. I’m thinking it might make a good stocking stuffer over here for Christmas. Thanks for a great review!
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  18. That looks like a really good read!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x
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  19. Thanks for this great review Caren! I just ordered the book as a Christmas gift for Lily this weekend. I read the first chapter and think she and I will both enjoy it. Glad it includes photos too, I love Emma’s photos! Her photo was the winner in my Thanksgiving Photo Contest, although I wasn’t the judge for that. Can’t wait to see the book now!
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  20. Great review Dakota. We’re. Putting the book on our list

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  21. We will have to check that one out! (I just finished “The Dogs of Christmas, by W. Bruce Cameron, it was very sweet!)
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  22. We follow Emma and love her blog so we have no doubt her book is great! Thanks for another great review =^.^=

  23. Love Emma’s blog!
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  24. Very nice review. :)
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