Book Review: The Christmas Guest by Daisy Bell

The Christmas Guest by Daisy Bell

I think animal lovers will absolutely adore this book. And while it *might* look more suitable for children, adults will enjoy it too. I even shed tears reading this book, testimony to the good writing. The author, Daisy Bell, writes from the perspective of a young golden retriever puppy first named (an unfortunate) ‘Mr Snuffles’ and then ‘Teddy’.

The puppy ran away from its first set of owners. At that time, he’d been more of a ‘show’ puppy, for stuffing into handbags while his female owner had tea with her girlfriends. Their home, while grand, lacked the warmth of a real home.

That’s how he found himself on the doorstep of a family who came to love him like a family member. It was not all rosy at the start – what with the pup digging up the flowerbed, to taking the blame for what the old family cat had done. Eventually, things took a turn for the better, and you should read the book to find out what happened *wink*


This book is a really good read – you might complete it in one sitting. 🙂 If you have a child who loves dogs (especially golden retrievers, like I do), this book is great for teaching things like these:

  1. That horridly glum neighbor might be enduring pains you know nothing about. So don’t judge.
  2. That same neighbor might be the answer to your prayers. So be kind.
  3. A pet is for life, just like a baby. So be responsible.