Publishers WeeklyThe black Lab PW called "one endearing pooch" is back in Sally Goes to the Vet by Stephen Huneck. Not enjoying the rainy weather ("I have been stuck inside with nothing to do," Sally muses amid piles of shredded passports, homework and shoes), she literally leaps at the chance to play on a sunny day. Unfortunately, her exuberant game of chase with a cat ends with a trip to the vet. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Sally Goes to the Vetby Stephen Huneck, Stephen Huneck
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Children's LiteratureLovable Sally, the appealing canine narrator of three other simply told doggy adventures, goes out to play with her cat friend Bingo. While they are playing the "chasing game," Sally has an unfortunate encounter with a tree stump. She is rushed in to the veterinarian's office, past many other waiting pets, for an examination "from nose to tail," including an X-ray. Fortunately all seems well, but Sally needs a shot, which she faces bravely with reassurance. Then she is sent home to rest and recuperate, with a great tale to tell Bingo. The large pages display the deceptively simple woodcuts in ways which help relate the events of the caption-like text with an obvious eye for esthetic design sensibilities. The artist uses tiny cuts to subtly produce the texture of Sally's fur, a snake's skin, or a turtle's shell. His placement of objects in space to enhance emotions, chiefly humor, adds considerably to the charm of the visual narrative. Don't miss Sally and Bingo playing the "chasing game" all over the end-papers and on the title page. There are notes for those interested in his woodblock technique, as well as on vets and their work. This story makes an interesting comparison with the current Good Dog, Paw! by Chinlun Lee (Candlewick) also about a dog and a vet. 2004, Harry N Abrams, Ages 3 to 8.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-The adventures of the lovable black Labrador continue. Huneck's bold and folksy woodcut prints convey a droll sense of humor and dog's-eye view of the world. In this tale, Sally plays chasing games with her friend, Bingo, the cat. When she is injured, her human rushes her to the vet. When she gets home she cuddles with Bingo to tell her about the veterinary escapade. Huneck manages to infuse some humor into this potentially traumatic episode. He also portrays the doctor visit in such a way that kids should feel reassured by it. Animal lovers and Sally's fans will appreciate this offering.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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