With these two wordless stories, Schories (He's Your Dog) introduces Jack, an eager red-spotted terrier. Like all good comic dog heroes, Jack is much beloved but also mildly hapless and misunderstood-which only serves to make him more winning. In Breakfast for Jack, the household is caught up in a typical weekday morning rush, and so the poor dog inadvertently gets none. Schories beautifully conveys Jack's bewilderment at his neglect: one page shows Jack going back and forth between his empty bowl and the cat's full one. But not to worry-a redheaded boy of six or so, finally remembers to feed the pooch in the nick of time. Jack and the Missing Piece finds the canine hero banished and sulking after pestering the boy and a friend during a session of building blocks play. When the toy used to crown the boys' structure goes missing, Jack seems to possess both motive and opportunity. But some dogged detective work on Jack's part reveals the real culprit-the cat. The cozy familiarity of the plots, the sweet-natured hero and Schories's expert comic pacing of the vignettes (thanks to a skillful combination of spot drawings and full page renderings) adds up to plenty of fun and lots of openings for youngsters to add their own narration, dialogue and woofs. Ages 2-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Jack the dog's family wakes up and gets ready for their day. He waits and watches patiently as everyone, even the cat, has breakfast. But no matter how he tries to make them, nobody seems to notice that his bowl remains empty. Fortunately for the dejected pooch, as the family leaves his young master suddenly remembers and returns to feed him. The story is told completely in the lively illustrations in vignettes, single pages, and across the spreads. Naturalistic watercolor paintings show only the household details necessary for portraying the mounting emotions as family life goes on while Jack remains neglected—despite his efforts to communicate. His actions are attractively authentic; we want to get him his food ourselves, perhaps from the cans scattered across the end-papers. Another wordless adventure of Jack's is in Jack and the Missing Piece, ideal for pre-reading story-telling practice. 2004, Front Street, Ages 2 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-These wordless books chronicle ordinary events in the life of an engaging orange-and-white terrier. In the first story, Jack tries to bring attention to his empty food bowl as his humans hurry to eat their breakfast, get dressed, and rush out the door. Luckily, the dog's school-aged master pauses on the front walk and remembers to dish up the can he had opened earlier. Schories's likeness of a bouncing barker is right on target and her pastel palette and line drawings are pleasingly retro. In the second tale, the pup repeatedly knocks down castles carefully created by his owner and a friend. When a decorative block disappears soon after, the children accuse the pooch of stealing it and Jack cleverly exposes the real thief. As the boy hugs him to apologize, the dog eyes the new structure being built nearby. Both titles will appeal to young listeners, but could also prove useful to teachers practicing story writing by assigning text writing to accompany these well-paced images.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Jack is a small, copperandwhitespotted dog who lives in a family that includes a graystriped cat and a boy with coppercolored hair. In this wordless story, the family awakens and begins their busy morning routine of getting ready for school and work. The little boy feeds the cat but is distracted when it is time to feed Jack. Despite Jack's frantic bids for attention, the family leaves for the day, but the little boy finally remembers his faithful friend and returns to feed the dog. Jack is an appealing character with perky ears and a variety of beguiling expressions, and sharpeyed children will notice that the pattern of tiny spots on Jack's nose exactly matches the pattern of the freckles on the boy's face. The pastel illustrations are fairly utilitarian, though varying perspectives and Jack's spunky personality provide additional interest. A companion title, Jack and the Missing Piece introduces an Asian American friend for the little boy. (Picture book. 36)
Pat Schories is the illustrator and author of Jack and the Missing Piece, Breakfast for Jack, Jack and the Night Visitors, Jack Wants a Snack, Mouse Around, and He’s Your Dog. She also illustrates the popular “Biscuit” books written by Alyssa Capucilli. Ms. Schories lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.