Here is a dog book that has kid appeal written all over it! First of all there is page upon page of large adorable glossy photographs of Shih Tzu’s in different scenarios…a visual feast! Each two page spread answers a question or covers a concept in the choosing of, typical behavior of, and care for this miniature breed from Tibet. For example, What are Shih Tzus?, Tiny Puppies, How Big Do Shih Tzus Get? Shih Tzus Helping People. I appreciated that people of color were represented in the photographs. The book is designed to appeal to a primary audience with over sized print and snappy page layout. I prejudged this book, as it appeared to potentially be a portfolio of fluff with little substance. I was pleasantly surprised to learn a lot about these little powerhouse dogs. With their short legs, four blocks is far enough for a healthy walk. They are good pets for people with allergies, since they do not shed much. They don’t like to get wet. You carry them like a football. Mixed breeds have health problems and can be harder to train. Males are easier to house train than females…etc. One issue I did have was with the map of the breeds origin, Tibet/China. China and Tibet are presented, out of context, without any bordering countries or water to orient us. All the numerous provinces of China are colored and labeled. Nowhere on the map is the word, “China”! That said, kids may be more forgiving of the map makers, and simply devour this book. I will consider purchasing more of this “Top Dog” series.