From the Publisher
“Appealing gouache illustrations in a large format make the simple but exciting plot easy to follow, even for younger preschoolers.” Kirkus Reviews
“The dogs' gleeful expressions and the simple rhyming text keep the subject matter light, and the infectious refrain ("Winnie! Jean!") promises to have young listeners chiming in during read-alouds.” Booklist
“...[T]he richly colored gouache illustrations enhance the narrative, lending an old-fashioned air and a bit of humor to the tale. The illustrations of the children looking for the animals by the sea and in the meadow are particularly striking.” School Library Journal
School Library Journal
Two incorrigible corgis lead the police on a merry chase after they escape from their yard by digging under the fence. The mischievous pups quickly discard their blue-and-green plaid vests and run free for more than a week. They are spotted pilfering food at a barbecue and from a vending machine. They cavort on the golf course until they are chased away. While Winnie and Jean enjoy their freedom, their owners, two freckle-faced children dressed in cozy yellow sweaters, search high and low for their lost pets, expressing their worries and concern to Officer Dean. When poor Winnie falls into a ravine, the policemen rescue her and take the runaways home at last. The grateful children fortify the fence with some screen, but on the final page, the dogs manage to wriggle under it and take off on yet another adventure. Told in verse, the story quickly becomes repetitive as every line rhymes with Jean. However, the richly colored gouache illustrations enhance the narrative, lending an old-fashioned air and a bit of humor to the tale. The illustrations of the children looking for the animals by the sea and in the meadow are particularly striking. Rosemary Wells's McDuff Comes Home (Hyperion, 1997) is a more heartfelt story of a lost dog.
Linda L. WalkinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.