Horn Book Guide
"Police have dogs that / search and find. / German shepherds. / Steady. Kind." Hubbell's occasionally stumbling but generally satisfying rhymes take readers through a day in the life of several police officers. Garofoli, illustrator of Firefighters: Speeding! Spraying! Saving!, returns with her digital art resembling cut papera soothing counterpoint to the serious subject matter.
School Library Journal
A picture book with a rhyming text, bright colors, and plenty of action. It presents officers of both genders and various ethnicities on the job-as head of a team or crew, a detective, or a patrolman preventing crime. It also introduces canine assistants, patrolmen on horseback, and officers assisting with traffic control. The cartoon art was digitally rendered. This brief, introductory look at law enforcement makes a fine companion to the author and illustrator's Firefighters: Speeding! Spraying! Saving! (Marshall Cavendish, 2007).-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
From catching burglars and working with search dogs to directing traffic and giving first aid, police do it all. Hubbell puts a lot of emphasis on the different ways police have of getting around: horses, motorcycles, bikes, patrol cars, boats and their own two feet. "Police ride bikes. / They ride in cars. / Their shiny badges / glow like stars." Missing, however, is any explanation of when they might use each. While the couplets are bouncy and suit the audience, it is their rhyme scheme that seems to determine the content. More a list than a narrative, the book loses some punch (and maybe some readers) by abruptly jumping from one topic to the next. Garofoli's digital illustrations mesh nicely with the text, simple details and solid backgrounds keeping the focus on the police and the important jobs they do for the community. The text, alas, is up to neither the illustrations' standard nor Hubbell's own. (Picture book. 2-5)
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This is the kind of book preschool classrooms like to have in stock to use when discussing community helpers. Young children who dream of growing up to be police officers are also likely to enjoy this simple review of the many different jobs they can do, including acting as detectives, working as beat cops, riding horse patrols, and catching bad guys. The brightly-colored illustrations are likely to draw children in. Unfortunately, the text tends to have a singsong quality, such as when it reads that "Solving crimes both old and new, detectives look for every clue." The board book seems to move randomly from one job to the next, although it does start early in the day and ends at night. Hubbell clearly has a formula for the preschool market. Police makes a very successful transition from picture book to board book. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry