Animal Hotel

Animal Hotel

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  • Paperback | 257 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552113646
  • 9780552113649

Review Text

Moving from house to house over the years, Cooper, a peppy English matron, picked up the pieces of previous owners' lives - valiantly trying to market funeral flowers, grow herbs, sell tomatoes. Then, with her move to a "derelict old house" with five acres of land and existing kennels, she embarked on a new venture - dog boarding. This chatty, good-natured what-next story covers her first summer in the animal hotel business, with a clientele that soon expands to include cats, birds, guinea pigs, hens, turtles, foxes, and even her neighbors' teenage children home for the holidays. Cooper conscientiously attempts to comply with owners' - sometimes unusual - "peccadilloes." Says a note from one: "If [Daisy] has to go out for 'the necessaries,' please put paws in plastic bags." Teddy, Cooper is instructed, should be led through his prayers each night. And Chanel No. 5-scented Buster simply must sleep in Cooper's bed. (No dog ever actually sleeps in the kennels.) By summer's end, Cooper is a practicing dog psychoanalyst and the owner of sundry (food-producing) farm animals - a pig, hens, goats; she's also reunited with "Pa," who's been away recovering from a coronary. There's a pleasing happily-ever-after ring to it all, though the nutty happenings will mainly appeal to animal enthusiasts. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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