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Joyful Trouble: Based on the True Story of a Dog Enlisted in the Royal Navy by [Furstenberg, Patricia]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Length: 120 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 6 - 10 Grade Level: K - 4

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 810 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07227P973
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I started this book, I was ready to cry to my heart’s content, considering this book was based on a dog. But instead, I came across a sweet, humorous and fun read.

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.
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I came across this little story which reminded me of home in Cape Town many years ago when my family and I visited Simon's Town and posed next to a statue built in honour of a great friend - a large Great Dane. I loved the way Ms Furstenberg retells this naval story in the setting of a grandpa and his grandchildren spending time together and he relating Joyful Trouble's story to them. I thought she did a marvellous job of this loveable dog's passing - comparing it to the little boy's kite - even I felt a tinge of sadness for this dog who touched so many lives. I highly recommend this story to be read even to younger children before going to bed, doing so in the same way the story is told - every time the little ones visit granddad, he tells them a little bit more. The chapters are just the right length for such a reading session. I've sent the link to my 10-year old granddaughter so that her mother can download a copy for her.
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Such a lovely book!
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!
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Review from Endija, aged 10.

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+.
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By niki HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 May 2017
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Joyful Trouble is a story based on an actual dog that was named "Just Nuisance" and lived and worked as an Able Seaman for the navy in Simonstown, Cape Town, South Africa. I used to live in Cape Town and have actually heard the story before. My father in law as well as my brother were both in the navy in Simonstown

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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