Today's Kindle Daily Deal is Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale ($1.99), by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff.
It was love at first sight. Amid the frenzied barking and prancing of a house full of Great Danes, one pup was shivering in the corner. Gracie. But when Dan Dye reached her, she struggled to her feet like a clumsy foal, raised her forehead to his, and announced, as clearly as if she had actually spoken the words, You know I'm the one. Now get me outta here!
By turns funny, moving, tender, and inspiring, Gracie's tale is a treat for every dog lover. There is Gracie's first morning, racing around Dan in the snowy yard. Gracie's first determination to prove to her step-sisters, Dottie the Dalmation and Sarah the Black Lab, that she's one of the girls. Gracie's defiant romance with a pint-size charmer named Byron, a Boston Terrier from the wrong side of the fence.
Then born of necessity, the eureka moment: When Gracie's delicate constitution starts turning into anorexia, Dan teaches himself how to cook, and in three days is baking her the cookies that will spur her appetite, launch Three Dog Bakery, and transform their lives forever.
Courage. Compassion. Kindness. Soul. Tenacity. And joy, above all, joy. These qualities Gracie possessed in abundance, and shared with everyone, human or canine, who had the good fortune to cross her path.
Rastamouse: Marathon Mystery ($1.59 / £0.99 UK), a children's picture book by Genevieve Webster and Michael De Souza, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (no US edition).
The Big Cheese Marathon is coming up, and Scratchy is training hard to win the trophy. But how is it that Rubba keeps beating her without putting in any effort? Rastamouse is suspicious, especially when he discovers that Rubba has two identical pairs of running shoes, two identical tracksuits, and one identical twin brother!
It's a race against time to solve the mystery before Scratchy crosses the finish line - and to prove for once and for all that cheating doesn't pay.
Today's Kindle Kids Daily Deal is The Willoughbys ($1.99), by Lois Lowry.
Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good oldfashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four Willoughbys hope to attain their proscribed happy ending too, or at least a satisfyingly maudlin one. However, it is an unquestionably ruthless act that sets in motion the transformations that lead to their salvation and to happy endings for not only the four children, but their nanny, an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and his long-lost son too. Replete with a tongue-in-cheek glossary and bibliography, this hilarious and decidedly old-fashioned parody pays playful homage to classic works of children’s literature.
Grade Level: 1 and up