Animal Rescue: The Best Job There Is

                                                                                               Riveting…The suspense will keep emerging readers turning pages. -Kirkus Reviews







John Walsh thinks he has the best job there is. He goes where there are bombs and fires. He wades through floods and climbs volcanoes. For the past thirty-five years, he has risked his life to save animals in need. These are the true stories of his brave animal rescues.


  • Parenting’s Reading Magic Award
  • American Book Association’s Pick of the List

Guaranteed to grab the attention of both reluctant and newly independent readers…the heart-pounding accounts of three dramatic animal rescue missions will keep them turning the pages…enthralling.  -The Horn Book Magazine

The suspenseful yet informative text and full-color photographs of the actual rescues in progress will draw in even reluctant readers. This is a great choice for booktalks. -School Library Journal

The adventures Goodman tells about are truly amazing…It’s very easy-to-read, but not at all simple-minded…a treasure. -Children’s Literature



John often rescued animals that were trapped without food by disasters like floods, earthquakes and even war.  When they were vegetarians or herbivores, like this tortoise here,  John would usually open a can of fruit cocktail. Canned fruit is soft and easy for starving animals to eat.