From the Publisher
"In the crowded ring of dog stories, Lyle stands out from the pack." Kirkus Reviews
"The lively text matches perfectly with the vibrant, playful illustrations...a crowd-pleasing read-aloud." School Library Journal
"The interplay between this cumulative tale and the expressive oil-and-acrylic art works exceptionally well." Booklist, ALA
"Lyle's a lovable mutt indeed, and listeners will understand and share his mistress' pride." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
One by one, our young narrator extols the virtues of her beloved pet. As she elaborates on each, the repeated list grows, from "snuggly" and "smart" through "burping" and "slurping" to "sneaky" and "scaredy." We, meanwhile, follow both her and Lyle through their daily activities: watering the lawn, making chalk pictures on the driveway, hiding under the bed in a storm. "Lyle may look like an ordinary dog to some people…" but obviously he is not to his mistress; nor to us, as visualized by the author. White and scruffy, with a black patch like a mask covering the left side of his head and his floppy ear, Lyle is very much alive. Full-page paintings in water-mixable oils, acrylic, and "other mediums" effectively depict the lively mini-dramas he engages in: his discomfort with a "tummy ache," his alert anxiety sitting behind the auto's steering wheel, his surprise and necessary tomato juice bath after encountering a skunk, and more. The pictures are not detailed, but offer a clear and amusing picture of a friendly canine.
School Library Journal
A girl explains all of the reasons that her dog is anything but ordinary: Lyle knows what W-A-L-K spells, howls at sirens, gets sprayed by skunks, eats grass, chases squirrels, and is afraid of thunder and lightning. The snowballing list of characteristics-from snuggly and smart to smooshed-nose and sneaky-builds on each page. The lively text matches perfectly with the vibrant, playful illustrations, done in bold, richly hued acrylics and oils. The expressive paintings of Lyle drinking out of the toilet bowl and running into the glass door will produce laughs and giggles from readers, and the cumulative nature of the narrative will make it a crowd-pleasing read-aloud. Dog lovers will relate to all of the pup's personality traits and will come to love him as much as his owner does.
Rachel KaminCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A little girl with blonde braids is the first-person narrator of this tribute to a pampered pooch named Lyle. The patterned text uses a cumulative structure, adding one new term to the dog's description and repeating the whole string of adjectives on succeeding pages. This repetitive string of descriptive words rolls along in a fashion that will delight young children ("my snuggly, smart, howling, burping, slurping, stinky-pink dog Lyle"). Each characteristic term is illustrated with an engaging painting of Lyle in action: trying on a ballet tutu, sitting in the driver's seat of the family car, hiding under the bed during a thunderstorm. The story is based on memories of Goldfinger's own dog, and her vibrant illustrations create a well-defined personality for Lyle, who has a distinctive black patch across one eye and ear. She does an excellent job of varying her perspectives, showing Lyle running into a sliding door, howling head-on in his tutu and hopping up and down from behind a hedge. In the crowded ring of dog stories, Lyle stands out from the pack. (Picture book. 3-6)