Ellie the Wienerdog: It’s Hard to Swim – a Review

Ellie the Wienerdog does not want to go in the water. Does she think that maybe the wild creatures swimming beneath the surface will gobble her up? Does she think that she will sink to the bottom of the lake and not be able to come back to the surface?

Ellie the Wienerdog thinks that it would be hard for a dog to swim. In her mind, dogs aren’t even built for swimming. Her imagination is wild enough to keep her out of the water and even makes her afraid to jump in the lake.

The illustrations show what creepy and fearful things are going through Ellie’s mind as her owners are preparing to drop her in the water. How could they do this to her? But Ellie discovers that the water is so much more fun than she ever thought it would be.

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My granddaughter laughed from start to finish when I read this book to her. I have written down somewhere what Zoey’s favorite illustration is from this book, but my organizational methods have failed me this time, and I can’t find my notes. My favorite illustration though is the very last one where Ellie is teaching a school of fish how to sit. How hard would that be to do? But, as Ellie has discovered, if you give it a try, you can do anything you wish!

If you want a book that your child will enjoy, I highly recommend this one.

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The author sent me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you would like to purchase a copy for you or your child, I’ve provided an Amazon link below.

Amazon Link: Ellie the Wienerdog: It’s Hard to Swim

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Favorite Sentence:
What if there’s a hungry shark or a really creepy fish just waiting for a hound (like me) to be their tasty dish?

About the Author:
K.J. is an award-winning photographer, artist, and writer who found inspiration in her wienerdog, Ellie. She never dreamed of becoming an author. Then one day, a sassy wienerdog named Ellie came into her life and nothing was ever the same again.

Hales shares, “I started doodling wienerdogs everywhere and I couldn’t stop. Next thing you know, I was writing quirky little stories about Ellie’s everyday struggles and thought how much they mirrored those of children.” That was when the idea of a children’s book series was born.

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Because she has always believed in the power and magic of a good book, K.J. has dedicated herself to writing stories for children and building a publishing company that celebrates books for the young and the young at heart.

K.J. lives in Southern California with her husband, her muse, Ellie the Wienerdog, and Ellie’s little sisters, Ruby and Pepper.


  1 comment for “Ellie the Wienerdog: It’s Hard to Swim – a Review

  1. September 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you so much Lisa for the great review of “It’s Hard to Swim.” I absolutely love to hear that Ellie’s books make people laugh out loud.

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