Molly, the Perfectly Imperfect Dog by Jennifer McMullin

Adeline in her book nook.

Molly, the Perfectly Imperfect Dog by Jennifer McMullin, is a heartwarming story of pet adoption. The story is told from the perspective of Molly, a shelter dog with a paw deformity, who longs to be adopted. After seeing many pets come and go from the shelter, she becomes increasingly discouraged each time she is left behind. Eventually, her special day comes and a family decides to adopt her. While Molly tries her best to be an obedient dog at home and help the family, her well-intended actions often end in a bit of chaos. When she notices one of the children come home upset, she showers them with her love, and they reassure her that she is in fact the perfect dog for them. 

The story sets a wonderful example to children, encouraging them to look beyond appearance and to have patience with pets. Written from the perspective of Molly, it clearly shows that she is only trying her best, even when it may not seem that way to her owners. It also provides a great opportunity to introduce the idea of pet adoption to young children and shows them that all pets are deserving of love. The illustrations by Tamara Thiebeaux-Heikalo capture Molly’s emotions throughout, and pair wonderfully with the story. Molly, the Imperfectly Perfect Dog is a touching example of the unconditional love that is possible between an adopted pet and its family.


About the Author

A life-long Maritimer, Jennifer McMullin lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, with her husband, their three boys, and their dog Molly. In addition to writing, Jennifer loves to spend time exploring all corners of her beautiful province with her family. Molly the Perfectly Imperfect Dog, illustrated by Tamara Heikalo, is Jennifer’s first book. A second book, Gertrude the Great, will follow shortly.

Tamara Thiebaux-Heikalo was born in 1963 and immigrated from the USA to Canada in 1975. She and her husband, Daniel Heikalo, run a graphic design, art and music adventure. Tamara has more than 30 years of experience as a professional illustrator, artist and graphic designer. Her work includes illustrations for children’s books, magazines, and books for adults. Several of the children’s books have received awards and honourable recognition.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pockets of Love Publishing (March 20 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1778065708
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1778065705

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Children's Picture Book Reviewer

Melanie is the Children's Book reviewer at The Miramichi Reader. She is a mother to two young children Adeline (5 years) and Harlow (3 years). She has a Bachelor of Health Science from Dalhousie University and previously worked as a Radiological Technologist before deciding to pursue a career in health insurance administration. She enjoys sewing, crafting, and going on adventures with her family. Having lived in all three maritime provinces, Melanie now raises her daughters with her husband in Moncton, NB.