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Honey & Leon Take the High Road

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Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer's world-traveling dogs are back...and off to Scotland! When Honey falls in love with a handsome Scottish pup, will Leon be able to protect their dads on his own? Honey and Leon have done a very good job of keeping their dads safe--but now the dads have decided to travel again! So the two loyal dogs pack up their disguises and secretly follow t Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer's world-traveling dogs are back...and off to Scotland! When Honey falls in love with a handsome Scottish pup, will Leon be able to protect their dads on his own? Honey and Leon have done a very good job of keeping their dads safe--but now the dads have decided to travel again! So the two loyal dogs pack up their disguises and secretly follow them all the way to Europe on a Scottish Highland adventure. All is going according to plan...until Honey becomes besotted with a charming Scottish dog named Coll! Can Leon manage to keep their dads out of trouble on his own while Honey is gallivanting with her new beau? Actor Alan Cumming and artist Grant Shaffer bring to life the imagined secret identities of the two dogs they once owned. Hilarious, sassy dialogue and wild escapades make this an unmissable read-aloud, perfect for families who love to put on a show!


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Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer's world-traveling dogs are back...and off to Scotland! When Honey falls in love with a handsome Scottish pup, will Leon be able to protect their dads on his own? Honey and Leon have done a very good job of keeping their dads safe--but now the dads have decided to travel again! So the two loyal dogs pack up their disguises and secretly follow t Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer's world-traveling dogs are back...and off to Scotland! When Honey falls in love with a handsome Scottish pup, will Leon be able to protect their dads on his own? Honey and Leon have done a very good job of keeping their dads safe--but now the dads have decided to travel again! So the two loyal dogs pack up their disguises and secretly follow them all the way to Europe on a Scottish Highland adventure. All is going according to plan...until Honey becomes besotted with a charming Scottish dog named Coll! Can Leon manage to keep their dads out of trouble on his own while Honey is gallivanting with her new beau? Actor Alan Cumming and artist Grant Shaffer bring to life the imagined secret identities of the two dogs they once owned. Hilarious, sassy dialogue and wild escapades make this an unmissable read-aloud, perfect for families who love to put on a show!

30 review for Honey & Leon Take the High Road

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth☮

    Honey and Leon are jetsetters! I love the graphics and the whimsical adventures these two dogs have traveling the world.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I had no idea this was a series, but I saw it at work and took a few minutes to read it. It a cute little kids book about Alan Cumming's two dogs. The focus of the story is of the dogs "following" the humans to Scotland to keep an eye on them. It's not much of a story except for Honey falling in love with a Scottish dog. The biggest appeal for me is that the full page watercolor illustrations remind me of Syd Hoff's children's books (Danny and the Dinosaur series and Sammy the Seal), which I love I had no idea this was a series, but I saw it at work and took a few minutes to read it. It a cute little kids book about Alan Cumming's two dogs. The focus of the story is of the dogs "following" the humans to Scotland to keep an eye on them. It's not much of a story except for Honey falling in love with a Scottish dog. The biggest appeal for me is that the full page watercolor illustrations remind me of Syd Hoff's children's books (Danny and the Dinosaur series and Sammy the Seal), which I loved as a child. There is a looseness of the line and simplicity in the way the faces are drawn.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Baby Bookworm

    Hello, friends! Our book today is Honey & Leon Take The High Road, written by Alan Cumming and illustrated by Grant Shaffer, second of the pair’s stories based on their real-life dogs. Continuing Honey and Leon’s adventures, the perfectly mismatched pair (Honey is a large, fluffy mutt; Leon is a compact and cheerful Chihuahua) continue their mission of keeping their dads safe, near and – thanks to a few clever disguises – far. Hearing the familiar, foreboding sound of luggage wheels, the two Hello, friends! Our book today is Honey & Leon Take The High Road, written by Alan Cumming and illustrated by Grant Shaffer, second of the pair’s stories based on their real-life dogs. Continuing Honey and Leon’s adventures, the perfectly mismatched pair (Honey is a large, fluffy mutt; Leon is a compact and cheerful Chihuahua) continue their mission of keeping their dads safe, near and – thanks to a few clever disguises – far. Hearing the familiar, foreboding sound of luggage wheels, the two cleverly ascertain their dads’ destination: London! They tail the dads as planned, across the Atlantic, but find that London is only a waypoint; the pair follow their fathers to Edinburgh, then the island of Barra. It’s there that the glamorous Honey meets a dashing collie named Coll, and begins a holiday romance, leaving Leon to do the lion’s share of dad-guarding. But when a thick Scottish fog falls over the island, can Leon figure out how to safely lead everyone home? Sweet. The story is fairly similar to the previous book, but adds a few new elements to spice things up. One plot point that disappointed was the mid-book reveal that the dads have known about their pets’ hijinks all along – it’s not a bad twist, but happens far too early and with too little fanfare. However, there is a plotline in this book that I’ve never seen before: Honey and Coll begin a whirlwind romance, but admit that his place is in Scotland and hers is in New York. So the two end their relationship amicably by going their separate ways, with Honey expressing to her brother that she’s happy to have loved Coll, even if it had to end. For a picture book to portray a romance like this is incredibly rare, but so beneficial: it shows little readers that not all couples work out or last forever, and that’s okay. It’s a small plot point, but I was so impressed by it, because it fosters a healthy view of relationships. Shaffer’s art is fond and deeply personal, and works perfectly. The length is fine, and JJ and I (and Kodo!) loved the playful dog’s’ antics. Definitely worth a look, and we enjoyed it. Baby Bookworm approved!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Although I worried about what might happen to Honey and Leon as they were traveling in their first book, my fears were eased in this one as their two fathers know they are following them and always make sure to keep an eye out on their canine protectors. In this picture book, the dads are off on a vacation to Scotland, and the pups come along, always ready to protect their dads from dangers no matter where they are. But Leon has to shoulder the responsibilities for the family when Honey is distr Although I worried about what might happen to Honey and Leon as they were traveling in their first book, my fears were eased in this one as their two fathers know they are following them and always make sure to keep an eye out on their canine protectors. In this picture book, the dads are off on a vacation to Scotland, and the pups come along, always ready to protect their dads from dangers no matter where they are. But Leon has to shoulder the responsibilities for the family when Honey is distracted by a romance with Coll, a local dog who wines and dines her. It's up to Leon to use his wits to bring the family home when fog makes their path inaccessible. It's all great fun, and Leon is proud that he saved the day. I love how much affection these dogs have for their human companions and seeing a photograph of the real Honey and Leon. I wonder where they'll go next. The illustrations are filled with witty asides and sounds that make the book fun to share aloud.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    3.5 stars -- Another fun, cute, high-energy romp with the costume-switching pooches and their dads. The mile-a-minute jokes and references and general silliness brings to mind movies like "The Secret Life of Pets." On a personal note, I was charmed to see a reference in the text to one of the dads being vegan, and the dogs "protecting" him from a waitstaff mixup with ham soup! (Good doggies!) It's encouraging to see that "vegan" is such a familiar concept these days that it makes appearances in 3.5 stars -- Another fun, cute, high-energy romp with the costume-switching pooches and their dads. The mile-a-minute jokes and references and general silliness brings to mind movies like "The Secret Life of Pets." On a personal note, I was charmed to see a reference in the text to one of the dads being vegan, and the dogs "protecting" him from a waitstaff mixup with ham soup! (Good doggies!) It's encouraging to see that "vegan" is such a familiar concept these days that it makes appearances in mainstream kids' books--the exact same can be said for two-dad families!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    I enjoyed this funny little book, but realized quickly there is not a lot of actual story to speak of here. The illustrations are fun and were the best part of the story. For the sake of reading aloud, I appreciated the little jokes that adults would get when younger readers would not (the horror of ham in a vegan soup!). Overall, this is a book you can read once or...miss without much guilt.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Norkett

    It was kind of ridiculous but then I was envisioning my own pooch attempting the same silliness.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jordyn Barber

    The story line was hard to follow and had a lot of references that children would not understand. Maybe it wasn’t intended for children?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I enjoyed the travels of Honey and Leon, and I appreciated the fact that their dads knew they were being followed. However, there is a lack of a real story to follow.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    McWoof! 🐾 Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge - Short and Sweet: Less than 100 Pages

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  13. 4 out of 5

    Justine Ridder

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donalyn

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rummel

  16. 4 out of 5

    Senator

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  18. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Stamper

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Hamer

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zunaira

  22. 4 out of 5

    Petara Monroe

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Wayne

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tim

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Hunter

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hunter

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steph

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

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