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- Print Length: 148 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07227P973
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is based on a true story of Able Seaman “Just Nuisance”, the only dog ever to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. He served with HMS Afrikander, a Royal Navy naval base in Simon’s Town, South Africa, during the WWII.
Coming back to the book, Patricia has taken inspiration from the story of Just Nuisance and written a beautiful and oh so refreshing tale of friendship, loyalty, and love.
In the book, the story of “Joyful Trouble”, a mischievous but a very friendly and helpful Great Dane is narrated by a granddad to his 2 grandchildren, 9-year-old Anna and 5-year-old Tommy.
Trouble was a friend of the entire Simon’s town, especially the seamen. So much so that, he followed them everywhere, and even helped them. He was a quick-witted and (unintentionally!!!) funny dog. I couldn’t stop from laughing at some of Trouble’s actions, that finally got him enlisted in the Royal Navy. Even the part how Trouble got his name, was so amusing.
Being a dog person myself, I absolutely loved this book. I laughed with this book and shed a tear or two as well. Overall this was a quick and very delightful read. Even though this book is tagged as a children’s book, I would recommend it to all.
This heart – warming story is definitely about friendship and the strong bond that links men and dogs…and what a better “lens” to see the beauty of this friendship than a story told by a Grandfather to his sweet little grandchildren…!
But this story is most of all about the transforming power of love. Even the title talks about this: even though at the first sight the words “joy” and “trouble” are mutually exclusive, the situation changes under the magic touch of love….and becomes “joyful trouble”..
I definitely recommend this book for both children and adults: each generation will find its message and certainly feel better after reading this well told story!
This book is based on the true story of a dog called Joyful Trouble. There are three main characters: five year-old Tommy, his nine-year-old sister Anna, and their grandad. When they see a Great Dane in a parade, Grandad tells the kids the story of a dog he loved, called Joyful Trouble. He remembers being in the Navy during WWII and meeting the dog on the way to work one day.
Joyful Trouble was a mischievous but very helpful dog. The seamen got to know and love him and the dog was soon part of the crew. Joyful Trouble and Grandad were good friends and were put to work together. Along the way, the dog meets new friends, loses old ones and still is very happy. He causes a lot of trouble (that's how he got his name) but also stops fights and commotion. In this book, Grandad is the story-teller and Anna and Tommy are the very eager listeners.
I love this book and it made me happy and, at some parts, sad. It is also a bit funny. The reason I love it so much is because I love dogs and true stories. I hope others will also enjoy it. I would recommend it for ages 8+.
There is a monument built in Simonstown in honour of this Great Dane who when he died, was buried with full military honours. The original story is touching and although happy and positive throughout, there were parts of the story that are a little sad as well as moving and is now part of history and interesting to know such a dog ever existed.
I think Patricia has done a great job with this book and it is told in a story that young children will enjoy. It is about a young brother and sister and their grandfather telling them the story about the great dane dog. It has lots of facts about the dog, such as his size being 6 foot 6 inches when he stood on his hind legs. There is reference to the children's ouma making "vetkoek" and lots of familiar references to life in South Africa.
It is a story that will stick with you long after you read it and as it is based on a true story I really enjoyed it. I would say it is for all ages but children in particular would enjoy it.
The author sent me an advanced pdf file copy of this book.
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Joyful Trouble is a wonderful children’s book that I highly recommend to children of all ages, and all dog...Read more
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