Peters weaves a sweet if slight story around the eponymous theater-district annual benefit she founded with Mary Tyler Moore (who makes an uncredited cameo as "a tall lady with a pretty smile") to promote adoption of shelter animals. Douglas is an abandoned and brokenhearted terrier living in a Manhattan park, his sad-sack scruffiness underscored by Murphy's (ABC Doctor) roughhewn, mixed-media collage work. One day, he depends on the kindness of the right stranger: a luxuriantly coiffed lady who looks a lot like Peters. One short taxi ride to Shubert Alley later, the dog is rewarded with a new owner (a girl patron of Broadway Barks) and a new name (Kramer). The CD features two tracks by Peters: a somewhat wan narration of the book, and a silky, piano-bar rendition of an original lullaby sung to Kramer. Peters pulls more than a few heartstrings in portraying Douglas/Kramer's yearning for a home, and Murphy peppers her illustrations with some ingenious touches (the Manhattan skyline is partially constructed from old tape measures). Ultimately, however, the appeal of this story rests chiefly on the good intentions of its creators.. Ages 4-8. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal
Well, it is what it is: an idealized promotional piece for Broadway Barks, the annual New York City pet adopt-a-thon founded by Peters and Mary Tyler Moore in 1998. Sad little Douglas is abandoned in Central Park, where no one walks him or feeds him or loves him. He is befriended and taken into a smiling and willing driver's yellow cab by a pretty red-haired stranger (Peters) and taken to Shubert Alley, where Moore emcees an adoption pet show/pageant. Obedient and adorable, Douglas meets a little girl, is given a new name, Kramer, and is taken to live happily-ever-after with his new family. Murphy's bright mixed-media cartoon illustrations include snips of measuring tape, telegrams, and pieces of printed matter that become the buildings, trees, and sidewalks of Manhattan. Douglas/Kramer is a cute concoction of gray flannel and a fine mutt of a mascot for this message, which is accompanied by a CD on which Peters reads the story. Royalties will be donated to the cause. An NYC-centric companion for Maribeth Boelt's Before You Were Mine (Putnam, 2007) and Bob Graham's Let's Get a Pup! Said Kate (Candlewick, 2001).-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT
In 1998, Peters and Mary Tyler Moore founded Broadway Barks, an annual pet "adopt-a-thon" in the theater district of New York City. Peters here offers the story of a scraggly, gray dog living in Central Park who is befriended by a lady with long, curly, red hair (Peters herself of course, though not specifically identified in the text). The dog narrates the tale, describing how the kind woman takes him by taxi to a theater where he observes the Broadway Barks show. The dog has his turn on stage, where he attempts to sing and dance in his own way, and he is chosen for adoption by a little girl who appreciates his talents. The story is simple but humorous, artfully complemented by Murphy's delightful mixed-media illustrations. A CD is included with Peters reading the text and singing an original song written for her own dog. Author royalties from this not-too-self-aggrandizing and wholly goodhearted offering go to Broadway Barks. (Picture book. 3-7)