Book Review: “JJ the American Street Dog And How He Came To Live In Our House” By Diane Rose-Solomon a Mom’s Choice Award Winner! Enter to win a copy!


Completely charmed, and with a smile on my face, I read JJ the American Street Dog And How He Came To Live In Our House by Diane Rose-Solomon. I have reviewed many books, rarely a children’s book that teaches the importance of pet adoption, and the few I read prior to JJ The American Street Dog that DID reference pet adoption and were geared towards children, paled in comparison. THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL!

Click on the book cover to purchase this marvelous book!

Click on the book cover to purchase this marvelous book!

Written with children ages five to nine in mind, JJ The American Street Dog is the perfect vehicle to teach children not only about the importance of pet adoption, but that adopting a dog (or any other pet) is  a huge responsibility and commitment that should be viewed in terms of “forever.”

Author, Diane Rose-Solomon delivers the above message in terms that children can easily understand, but more importantly, she tells the story of JJ and how he was adopted, in a fun and heart-warming manner.

 JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House, is the first book in a series, (I cannot wait to read the ensuing books!) for children ages five to nine.  The little ones will easily identify with six-year-old Maya who “has wanted a dog for as long as she can remember.” When her uncle finds a homeless puppy, (JJ), Maya begs to keep him. But her mom isn’t sure.

Does Maya get to keep JJ? I’ll never tell! You have to purchase the book to find out!

Along with being a charming story, this gem teaches kids and adults about animal homelessness, basic animal care, the importance of spaying and neutering your pet (worded appropriately for children), pet adoption and the unconditional love people get from their family pet.

The illustrations by Rachel Cellinese are bright, colorful, and energetic, they  help to make this already fabulous book, even more fabulous!

(Page 4). Photo courtesy of

(Page 4). Photo courtesy of


With a hard cover and only 31 pages long,  don’t let the fact that this is a quick read, (ideal for parents who read bedtime stories to their children, teachers who are looking for something both fun AND educational, children’s library reading groups and more!) fool you! This is a children’s book that not only educates the little ones about the importance of pet adoption/ownership,  it does so with charm, heart and much love!

Another bonus point? A percentage of book sale profits benefit animal rescue organizations.


About the Author

Diane Rose- Solomon, a Certified Humane Education Specialist, rescued the real JJ 17 years ago. This is her first book, and the first in the “JJ The American Street Dog” series. Ms. Rose- Solomon lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and two rescued dogs, Gonzo and Ninja.

About the Illustrator

Rachel Cellinese is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She also uses her artistic talents to help organizations such as 826LA and Big Class New Orleans. This is her first full-length children’s book. One day she hopes to adopt a dog of her own!


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ENTER TO WIN!!! The author, Diane Rose-Solomon has generously offered ONE of my readers who is 18 years of age or older, and WHO RESIDES IN THE U.S. the chance to win a copy of JJ the American Street Dog And How He Came To Live In Our House  (A $16.99 value)





In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Ann Marie Stelma Graff says:

    I wish to be entered, please.

  2. Aw that looks like such a cute book!!!!
    Good luck to all who enters!
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  3. Looks like a great book – hope it inspires some future pet parents out there!

  4. Sounds like a fabulous book!
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  5. That sounds great, good luck to all who enter. I bet it’s a wonderful book. Many thanks for a great review, I enjoy it always to read your reviews. Have a great weekend!
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  6. Mayzie says:

    Oh, yes, I would LOVE to be entered, pretty please! I think my human cuzins would go nuts over that book!

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  7. sara, oreo & chewy says:

    Looks adorable. I love the illustrations.

  8. This sounds like a delightful book and I love the video. I’d love to be entered the contest.
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  9. De says:

    I would like to enter. This looks like it would be a wonderful book for our READ sessions at the library .

  10. Looks like a great read. Thanks for sharing!!!
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  11. What a great way to pass on the message about dog adoption 🙂
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  12. This looks like a pawsome story. I would like to read it to ChazztheDog.
    Please enter me in this GiveAway. Thanks!!!

  13. Great review, it sounds a great book.

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  14. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I wish to be entered. I want to read this to my class.

  15. That book looks so cute! I bet a lot of kids will really enjoy it!


  16. That book looks adorable. Great review, thanks Dakota!

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  17. Dakota we would love to be entered into your drawing for the book. It looks great!
    Thanks Marty
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  18. Perfect idea for my grand-niece who is starting to bug mom about getting a dog…
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  19. I would love to be entered thank you!
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  20. Please enter us for a chance to win this awesome book!!
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  21. This book looks wonderful! I would love to win a copy 🙂

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