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Anna Marie

Mad Dogs, the story of “Ruff” riders Down Under

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Hi, I’m Anna Marie. I’m a wife, mother, Irish dancer, and pug mom living in North Carolina. I also love to travel. Come along for the ride! If you see something you like, don’t be afraid to say, ‘Pull over and let me out.’
I was recently asked to read and review a children’s ‘travel’ book. The book is called Mad Dogs, but just call these canines the “Sons of An-barky.” It’s the story of two sheepdogs, Red and Blue, who take a motorbike out for a ride after a long day of herding sheep in the Australian Outback.

Written by author, I.B. Gumnut, the story is the third in a series of “Stories from Down Under.” This delightful children’s book carries forward the importance of keeping things adventurous and fun.

The book is a quick read and ideal for elementary school aged readers. The characters, Red and Blue, are loveable and spirited with a penchant for adventure and exploring. When I asked my son what he liked most about the book he said, “It’s funny and it has to do with dogs on a motorcycle.”

Passing the love of travel and adventure along to our children is important because little ones learn so much by seeing and doing. Travel, no matter if it’s near or far, is a wonderful education. As Gumnut states, “We must remind our children to retain their sense of adventure after the day’s work is done.” As someone who loves to travel, I couldn’t agree more.

Mad Dogs is available on    Mad Dogs
Note: One of the things I love doing when I travel, is finding a novel about or that takes place in the place I’m visiting. If you’ve found books you love about a favorite travel destination, please let me know. I’m always eager to learn of great reads I can share with my readers.  E-mail me with your favorite travel novels

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