Meet Odie

Meet Odie teaches young children about dogs. It provides common sense information on taking care and understanding a dog.

Using a conversational tone, Odie describes his physical traits, behaviors, apparel, and adventures. He offers comparisons on how dogs are similar and different from people. For instance, dogs dream and many snore. Best to get dogs toys that are blue and yellow because dogs don't see "our" red or green.

Meet Odie is the first in the Paw Smart series.

Reader Reviews

" I really enjoyed getting to know Odie through reading this book and learning things such as he likes to play with his friends. I also liked how this book taught me about a variety of different things, from places to things to animals. It showed me how much you can learn by being curious. There was also a lot of cool vocabulary in this book (such as brindle!). There was a glossary at the back of the book, which helped me understand and learn all the new vocabulary. Another thing I enjoyed were the colorful images included in this book. I really liked being able to see Odie and the things he is describing in the text through the photographs. I also liked how we got to see the world through Odie's perspective as a dog! Overall, I highly recommend this book to readers looking for an awesome book to learn some new facts related to a dog's life!"

-5 Stars, Glitterunicon9, age 10, LitPick

“In this fun-to-read book with fun-to-see photographs, Odie the Dog tells your young child about his wonderful life since his adoption from an animal shelter, and while he's at it, he throws in some fascinating (and accurate!) facts about dogs, their behavior, and the amazing things they can do. Odie's ‘voice’ is happy, honest, and easy to understand, which makes him seem like a longtime friend.”

- Molly Stone-Sapir, CDBC & CDT, SPCA of Wake County (North Carolina)

"Meet Odie is an adorable and exciting children’s book that will take its young readers on a delightful journey courtesy of Odie. Meet Odie is one of the most adorable and endearing children books I have ever read and is a sensational book for children that should not be missed as it shares the importance of better understanding dogs! As a mother, I will occasionally come across a children’s book in which I think “I have to read this with my children,” but sadly many of those books end up disappointing my children and me but Meet Odie was the opposite of this! It was an incredible book that should not be missed! So if you are a parent or know children within your family and or friend group, then already I recommend Meet Odie because this is the most darling book for children to read and if you do not believe me then I challenge you to read this book because you will soon be converted!"

- 5 Stars - Aimee Ann, Red Headed Book Lover

"Come and meet Odie. Actually, his name is Odin, but everyone calls him Odie. He has unusual coloring: a brown coat with black stripes, like a zebra in a way. When dogs have strips, they're called a brindle. Odie enjoys everything about his life: his backyard, chasing squirrels up trees, eating, going for walks. He lives in a loving family and he's well cared for. He's also very curious about everything around him, even if he has seen it before. Like lizards and birds, frogs and toads, and so much more.

D.S. Provance's picture book story, Meet Odie: A Paw Smart Book, is an interactive book with lots of fun, colorful photographs to illustrate Odie's story. The story is told in the first person, from Odie's point of view, as Odie goes through his daily regime of exploring and so much more. Each new adventure provides Odie with the opportunity to share his knowledge with young readers. Like the little tidbit about Odie being a brindle because of his striped coat. Or, the interesting tidbit about the green anole lizards that "will tilt their heads up to look at you" and that they change colors almost as often as we change clothes. The reader also learns how Odie explores the world around him - "I smell everything around me. You read with your eyes. I mostly read with my nose."

Odie not only outlines the importance of everything he does - walk, runs, socializing with other dogs - but he provides young readers with useful information on how to greet a strange dog. "Ask an adult first if you can pet a dog." How many times have we heard that? And yet children are forever running up to a strange dog, something else Odie advises against because dogs react in a defensive manner when someone runs at them, all in the excitement of the moment and the desire to pet a dog. This is a sweet story about an inquisitive and compassionate family dog."

- 5 Stars - Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers' Favorite