Reviewed by H.M. (age 8)
My favorite character is Grace because she is nice, funny and good to Melody. Melody is her best friend. I think what’s special about the book is that there is a lot of Chinese traditions. Since Grace is Chinese-American that sounds like so much fun. For example, they have a special New Year’s sweets tray. They also try to stay up late and that means their parents will live longer. This book makes me feel excited because they were getting ready for the Chinese New Year by cooking food, getting presents, and doing fun things!
I recommend this book The Year of the Dog to whoever likes Chinese traditions, family, and friends. If you like those things this is a book for you.