Book Review | Penny and Rio by Jennifer Swanson

Title: Penny and Rio: The Mysterious Backyard Meeting
Author: Jennifer Swanson

Book’s Description:

Penny and Rio are two dogs who are complete opposites. Penny is curious and always on the go, while Rio prefers a good nap. At their new house, Penny discovers that their backyard is the meeting place for several different animals. Penny doesn’t know why a cat, a groundhog, a squirrel, and an owl could possibly be meeting, but she knows she has to find out. She comes up with an ingenious plan for spying on them and discovers their plot. She has to stop them – but can she get her sister dog, Rio, to help her or will Rio decide that sleep is more important?

Title: Penny and Rio: The Locked Doghouse Mystery
Author: Jennifer Swanson

Book’s Description:

The crime-fighting dog duo of Penny and Rio are on the case again! Squeaky the mouse desperately needs their help to recover his precious belongings from a locked doghouse next door. But will Hobbes, the Great Dane, who lives in the yard object? Through an inventive plan, the resourceful pair strive to solve this mystery. Can they recover Squeaky’s belongings before the doghouse is destroyed? Follow along as the dynamic detectives, Penny and Rio, discover that they can do anything, as long as they work together.

My Review:

These are adorable books. My sons are both too young for them right now but I am going to definitely keep them around until they are old enough. Penny is the wild young dog who loves to investigate and figure out things; Rio is an older dog who loves to sleep and relax all day long. The animals all have cute and well defined personalities. The books have themes like accepting others and helping others. I love them. The pictures are beautiful and colorful. They will entertain the younger kids. I highly recommend this serious especially to dog lovers.

Buy It: You can buy the books for $7.99 each.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. No monetary compensation was involved. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.



Heather is a full time mom of 2 little boys (so far). She spends her days reading, writing, blogging, playing under the sun while also being mother and wife. She loves her life with her family in beautiful Charleston, SC.

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