Book Review: Dog Trots Globe by Sheron Long

January 6, 2012 · 6 comments

in Arts & Culture, Reviews

As a reader of The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower you’re probably aware of these two basic truths about little old me: I deeply appreciate all things French and I’m an ardent dog lover. My Shetland Sheepdog, Dusty, is nearly as much a mascot of this blog as the iconic Girl and Eiffel Tower. So imagine my delight to discover Sheron Long’s book, Dog Trots Globe, in which she documents a trip to Paris and Provence through the eyes of her dog, Chula. And you guessed it: Chula is a Sheltie!

Not only is the concept of Dog Trots Globe completely adorable, but it’s incredibly well executed to boot. Through Chula, who is full of zest and charm, Sheron infuses the book with historical facts, travel tips and all the joie de vivre to be expected with the subject of France. Add in some stunning photography and witty illustrations and you have one whimsical, entertaining and insightful travel book. I caught myself with a big smile on my face as I was sifting through the pages, and I felt fully immersed in all the locations Chula and her family visited, from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Paris. From astonishing fields of sunflowers and lavender, rustic markets and cafés to the Eiffel Tower alight in the evening there’s a fantastic amount of France to take in – and from such a creative, energetic and loveable perspective.


Meet Chula, the spunky little adventurer at the fore of Dog Trots Globe.
Image courtesy of OIC Books.

Sheron was kind enough to invite me to take a look at the special enhanced version of Dog Trots Globe which can be read on a computer or iPad and works a sort of magic that will change the way you look at books. You’ll flip through the pages just like the book’s hardcover edition, but peppered throughout you’ll find videos filled with footage, slideshows and music; the sights and the sounds add more vibrancy to each rich French adventure as Chula experiences them. A herd of several thousand sheep making their way through the cobblestoned village streets, for example, isn’t just photographed but also videotaped, giving you the very best idea of what the experience was like. (And we also get a very interesting explanation as to why exactly several thousand sheep paraded through the village and scared poor Chula under a café table.)


Chula enjoys a break beside a fountain (aka “big water bowl”) in a picturesque French village.
Image courtesy of OIC Books


One of the many sweet illustrations by Darius Detwiler that grace the pages of Dog Trots Globe.
Image courtesy of OIC Books

After Chula shares all the details of her sights and sniffs through Provence and the City of Lights Sheron takes over and guides you through all you need to know about taking your own furry friend to France. Part photo essay, part memoir, part informational travel guide, Dog Trots Globe is a look at France that’s as whimsical, charming and enchanting as the book’s four-legged narrator herself!


Dusty checked out Chula’s Facebook page; he remembers when he was a spry young adventurer, too!
(Although his most European endeavor was when he decided to run around outside of a Pizza Hut.)

Buy the book:
Dog Trots Globe is available in hardcover and various e-book formats – a basic and an enhanced version, the latter of which gives you access to video pop-ups. Here are all the details you need to get your own copy:

Hardcover, $19.95: OIC Books | Amazon
Standard E-Book, $9.99: Amazon Kindle Store, Apple iBookstore
Enhanced E-book, $11.99: Apple iBookstore

Connect with Chula:
In all her fabulosity, Chula has her very own Facebook page where readers can keep up with all of her future adventures. Really, how cute is that?

Many thanks to Sheron for inviting me to review Dog Trots Globe, and to Chula for her sassy, sophisticated guiding through beloved France!

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Franca January 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

That photo of Dusty looking at the website is so cute!

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Casee Marie January 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thanks, Franca! Surprisingly it only took about four tries to get that shot. It takes me at least twice that to get one outfit photo! Dusty’s a very cooperative model, apparently.

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Gabrielle January 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm

This is going on my to-read list! I love dogs too, as you know. I may check out the Enhanced E-Book since the videos sound like great additions to the book. I love that photo of Dusty at your laptop!

Did the Enhanced E-Book work with your laptop? I don’t have an Ipad.

P.S. I do have a new email address that I entered to make this comment, but if you like you can still email me at by yahoo personal address.

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Casee Marie January 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Thanks so much, Gabbie! I think you’d love the book, it’s quite charming. And the enhanced version from iBookstore can definitely be read on a laptop through iTunes. You can also put it on an iPhone or iPod Touch, to my understanding. Hope that helps!

And thanks, re: your e-mail! I’ll be sure to add this one to my address book just in case. (:

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Brianna January 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Oh my goodness, this book sounds quite entertaining, especially with the digital version and very cool that Chula has her own FB page!!!!!

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Casee Marie January 9, 2012 at 10:29 am

It certainly was! Thanks for checking out the review, Brianna! (:

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