Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Review A New Job for Dilly

By Rena Jones
Illustrated by Lisa Oakman
Published by: 4RV Publishing LLC

This review is based on a review copy provided by Rena Jones in exchange for review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.

Ms. Jones, along with illustrator Lisa Oakman, has created a delightful story for young children in her book, A New Job for Dilly. Dilly is a rat with a penchant for dill pickles. When he is caught running from a deli with a discarded half-eaten pickle, he decides he needs to get a job so he can purchase his own pickles.

Do you think you could think of a job for every letter of the alphabet? Well, Dilly can. He trys them all from A to Z. Unfortunately for poor Dilly, there is a problem with each of the jobs. He can’t be an airplane pilot for he’s afraid of heights. Clown shoes don’t fit him, and housekeeping makes him sneeze.

As the reader turns the pages, he not only learns the alphabet, but is exposed to different types of jobs. The clever child will notice one letter is missing as Dilly considers each job. The full color illustrations will make children laugh out loud and allow parent and child an opportunity for discussion.

At the end of the story, Dilly realizes which letter is missing. This is the one letter which corresponds to the job perfect for Dilly. Can you guess what type of job would make a rat’s day? Read A New Job for Dilly along with your child to find the answer. I know I plan to share this delightful tale with my granddaughter the next time she comes for a visit.


  1. Great review, Penny. Dilly is a wonderful book! Can't wait to read the next two Dilly books, too. :)

  2. Beth, thanks for stopping by. Dilly is a fun book for little people. I'm betting the next two will be just as engaging.

  3. What a great review of the book Penny! I enjoyed learning about Dilly. I think this book would make a great Christmas gift for a young one on my gift giving list.

  4. Susanne, I loved reading A New Job for Dilly. I agree it would make a fun read for any little person on your gift list.

  5. Thanks, Penny! Dilly really has taken on quite a personality of his own. Lisa Oakman has done such a good job with that!

  6. The illustrations were adorable, Rena. Thank you for the opportunity to review this for you.