All Things – Even Frisky

HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW

Book: All Things – Even Frisky

Author: Matilda Nordtvedt

Publisher: A Beka Book (Pensacola Christian College), republished 2000

ISBN-13: 9780802410696

ISBN-10: 0802410693

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 8-12

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: General youth fiction

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Nordtvedt, MatildaAll Things – Even Frisky (Published in 1973 by Moody Press, a division of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, c/o MLM, Chicago, IL  60610).  Billy lives in Burlington with his dad, George, who has a new job that will keep him traveling and away from home much of the time, and their black and white puppy named Frisky.  Billy’s mother has died, and Dad has brought Mom’s younger sister, Aunt Kate, to take care of Billy.  But Aunt Kate hates dogs.   Will she ever learn to tolerate Frisky?  How does Frisky react when Billy and his friend Peter go to a “haunted” house to look around?  And what is the news that Dad and Aunt Kate have for Billy at the end?

     It is always nice to read children’s fiction books which are written to illustrate Biblical principles.  In this good novel, a young boy learns to trust that God will “work out all things together for good,” even with his dog and aunt.  There are enough touches of adventure (with the “haunted” house), mystery, and excitement to keep the reader interested.  I read a copy of the original Moody Press edition, but we used a number of the A Beka Book reading books from Pensacola Christian College in our homeschool and always found them to be excellent.

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