When a playful pooch goes a little overboard with a stuffed animal and gets in trouble, he decides it's time to run away. But being a "dog gone" isn't as easy (or fun!) as it looks, and soon the pup misses his owner and home. Luckily, even though he's made a mistake, his human best friend is ...
When a playful pooch goes a little overboard with a stuffed animal and gets in trouble, he decides it's time to run away. But being a "dog gone" isn't as easy (or fun!) as it looks, and soon the pup misses his owner and home. Luckily, even though he's made a mistake, his human best friend is always waiting with open arms.
Leeza Hernandez is an exciting new SCBWI award-winning author-illustrator who brings lively art to a classic friendship story, with easy-to-read verse perfect for a read-aloud or young readers just starting out.
Reprimanded for chewing up a boy’s toy dinosaur, a tan dog with brown spots runs away from home. In her debut as an author, illustrator Hernandez (Eat Your Math Homework) contributes tight, minimal rhymes with just a few words per page (“Happy dog/ Yappy dog/ Settle down, you snappy dog”). The mixed- media digital collages, which recall the work of Scott Menchin, focus on the dog’s dismal experiences as he tries to navigate the wide world. The dog’s emotions—anger, fear, sadness, joy—are clearly transmitted through the artwork, and Hernandez keeps things interesting by varying her perspectives (a “glum dog” scene looks down from above at the dog as it investigates a cardboard box shelter) and alternating between full-bleed scenes and small, boxy vignettes. Eventually, some streetwise dogs and cats—who appear menacing but are anything but—encourage the runaway, and his fiery-haired master comes to his rescue in a reunion filled with hugs, kisses, and slurps. Spot-on verse, a satisfying story arc, and an honest and loving portrayal of the ups and downs of pet ownership make this one a winner. Ages 3–5. Agent: Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This heartwarming story told with very few words will have children laughing out loud. A funky-looking dog (actually so homely, he's adorable) acts up at home and is reprimanded by his human. He runs away, gets lost wandering the streets, and meets a rough crowd of street cats and dogs. They are friendly to him and become envious when the boy comes to find him, using a big flashlight in the pouring rain. As the boy and dog reunite, there are lots of big hugs and sloppy kissing. The two fall asleep together in the boy's bed that night. The short, snappy dialogue, "Here, dog!/Dear dog./No more need to fear, dog./Missed dog./Kissed dog./Best friend can't resist dog," will appeal to children with short attention spans. What makes this title special is how few words and minimal illustrations can communicate such an array of emotions and feelings. The artwork is done in digital fusion with pencil, acrylics, print paper, and collage. A great choice for storytimes or sharing one-on-one. Spot-on.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
No, dog! A frisky pup bounds through his home, radiating happiness and cheerfully making messes wherever he goes. Crisp, pithy phrases replete with rhyme and repetition will have young readers eagerly joining in as this mischievous mutt gets into lots of trouble. "Happy dog. / Yappy dog. / Settle down, you snappy dog," his boy warns, but he goes unheeded. When the dog rips up a beloved toy, he finally gets a well-deserved scolding and, wounded to the bone, runs off. As he sadly wanders the streets in search of a place to stay, the digitally enhanced acrylic illustrations show him from different angles as he comes to terms with his new situation. But life on the street is no place for a dog such as he. "Enough, dog. / You're tough, dog. / But not for living rough, dog," a well-meaning new canine friend tells him. At the perfect moment, the dog's boy appears, searching by flashlight, and the two are joyfully reunited. The jubilant pup gets overexcited again ("No, dog… / Whoa, dog!"), but as the two curl up for sleep with the newly repaired toy, the boy adds, "I'll never let you go, dog." Dog lovers and energetic youngsters will find much to love here, and the final note of acceptance provides comfort and warmth. A sweet pooch portrait of unconditional love. (Picture book. 3-6)