Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
Boomer, a lively golden retriever, spends a day at school with his owner. Boomer plays ball, paints pictures, eats everyone's lunch before lunch period, and finally sits still when he becomes the star attraction for show-and-tell. Told from the dog's perspective, this delightful story realistically portrays the energy of young golden retrievers and the chaos that they can create from simply being excited and lovable. McGeorge's dominant use of yellows, reds and greens in the watercolor illustrations as well as her skillful creation of interesting perspectives from which to relate Boomer's first day at school make this a visually delightful picture book. Readers will appreciate both the illustrator's humor and her multicultural approach to depicting this extraordinary day in an ordinary elementary school classroom.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Boomer, a big, affable golden retriever, is unaware as the day begins that he is his young owner's show-and-tell subject. The dog loves a good adventure, but finds the school bus a bit noisy. At school, the canine is unleashed and left to his own devices while the children engage in their regular activities. Overeager Boomer experiences all the joys of school life such as "toys to share...pictures to paint...games to play...and best of all...lunch!" The story is delightful and has a good read-aloud text. Whyte's vivid, detailed watercolors bring readers into the modern classroom. Though the children are preoccupied, readers see exactly what Boomer is up to. There is definitely more animation here than in the author's Boomer's Big Day (Chronicle, 1994).Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, PA
The aerial view of a maze of stairways, hallways, and doorways exemplifies the confusion of Boomer, an endearing golden retriever, when his morning routine is interrupted by a visit to his owner's school. Boomer is unsure of what to expect at school but enthusiastically joins the children in painting--he accidentally spills paint cans, pads through the colored puddles, and autographs students' works with his paw prints; he enjoys recess when he steals the soccer ball; and he relishes lunch, where he ravenously rips into all available goodies. Boomer is squirmy and yappy and unwilling to be still for quiet circle time until he is led to the circle's center to be the object of show-and-tell. Whyte's lively watercolors expressively capture the energy of primary-schoolers and the array of emotions Boomer experiences during his first day at school. Previously popular for surviving his family's move in "Boomer's Big Day" (1994), the engaging dog may now help alleviate youngsters' fear of that inevitable first day at school.
Boomer, a shaggy golden retriever and hero of Boomer's Big Day (1994, not reviewed), goes to school with his owner; after a morning of playing with the kids and then eating lunch (theirs), he becomes the star of the afternoon show-and-tell.
McGeorge has skillfully blown up one incident into an entire book, with a well-timed text that offers a dog's version of events in school: "A loud bell rang. A grown-up started talking. Everyone sat down and listened." Much of the humor arises from the matter- of-fact text and unexpected events in the pictures: In the scene of "pictures to paint," paw prints in bright colors trail across paper and floor, and in the illustration of "games to play," Boomer is seen stealing the soccer ball and disrupting the action. Whyte's tricks with point of view make ordinary classroom scenes fresh, e.g., she shows the arrival of children at school from high overhead and a close-up of clapping hands at Boomer's big moment. He's an endearing hero, just right for preschoolers curious about where their older siblings go during the day.
From the Publisher
...just right for preschoolers curious about where their older siblings go during the day. Kirkus Reviews
Whyte's lively watercolors expressively capture the energy of primary-schoolers and the array of emotions Boomer experiences during his first day at school. Booklist