Book Review | Did You Say Pasghetti? by Tammy Fortune

Did you say pasghetti cover

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publication date: March 15, 2020


My Thoughts

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Narrated by Dusty, a cute dog, this is an adorable book about Danny, a child who has trouble learning how to read, spell, and do sums. However, this doesn’t mean that he isn’t smart and quick to learn other things, like riding a bike or playing soccer. Danny is diagnosed with dyslexia, so he works with a tutor to master special learning tricks.

The illustrations are particularly good and match the text on the page perfectly.

Most children should be able to relate to the simple story about a child and his dog having fun after school, doing everything together, and generally being best buddies.

It is beautifully told in a loving and sensitive manner, sending the message that having learning challenges is not a weakness or something to be ashamed of.

A hidden object game of finding 11 bones, each with a letter on it, that spell out a message for the reader, should keep young children engaged.

There are 10 discussion questions at the end to help children understand the concept and have a free-flowing conversation about it.

(I received a review copy from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review.)

Reedsy Discovery:


Danny is having some trouble in school, and his best friend Dusty wants to help. The only thing is, Dusty is a dog, and he’s not the quickest learner either.

Join Dusty and Danny on a humorous adventure as they learn to train their brains, understand dyslexia, and tackle their learning challenges.

This book for kids on dyslexia and learning differently will help ALL children develop a positive mindset towards learning and kindness towards others.
The story, which is told by Danny’s best friend, Dusty the dog, gives kids a fun yet realistic look at some of the struggles associated with dyslexia and other learning challenges – like frustration, low self-esteem, and negativity. Dusty provides quiet, consistent support, which helps Danny build a positive mindset and the confidence to overcome his learning challenges. He realizes that everyone learns differently and that’s okay. Everybody has a special need of some kind.

Special features:
► Kids can hunt for hidden letter bones throughout the story then put the letters together to reveal a secret message from Dusty.
► Discussion questions at the end of the book will help young readers recognize personal strengths and talents.
► A free teaching guide, activities, and fun games are available on Dusty’s website,

About Tammy Fortune

Tammy Fortune

Tammy Fortune is a tutor and author of educational resources who loves helping kids learn to read. She has a degree in education and specialized training in methods to help students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Her passion for helping kids reach their potential stems from parenting two amazing kids who faced some very special learning challenges. Her first children’s picture book will be published in 2020.

She is also the owner of Tammy’s Toolbox, a shop full of over 300 fun and creative educational resources that help struggling students. Her resources can be found on Amazon Ignite and Teachers Pay Teachers.

She lives in Virginia with her husband, son, daughter, and Dusty the dog. She loves reading, walking, crafting, and teaching Dusty new tricks.

Book Links

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