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Champ and Major: First Dogs

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Cute look at President Biden's pooches at home and at play.

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This cute, cheerful story of family pets that become residents of the White House is charming and simple and carries a positive message about adopting shelter animals. As we learn in the author's note, Champ lived with the Bidens in the vice president's residence during the Obama presidency. Ten years later, in 2018, they adopted Major, now the first shelter pet ever to live at the White House.

The story is thin, lacking details about what Biden's important job is, or who that woman in her suit and Converse sneakers sharing the stage with him is, so adults will need to fill in some blanks as they read aloud. But Sheyda Abvabi Best's cartoon art is adorable and its pastel palette appealing. And the canine main characters deserve a big pat on the head.

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