School Library Journal
(October 1, 2003; 0-439-32438-6)
K-Gr 3-A street dog survives on handouts and garbage, struggles to keep warm and dry, and wishes for a human friend. As Christmas approaches, his adventures increase in drama: he herds home a loose bunch of cows, scares off vandals from a Nativity scene, saves a drowning baby, and rescues a family in a burning house. Watercolor illustrations support the overlong text, emphasizing the animal's hardships and his steadfast loyalty, energy, and capacity for "doing good." Readers may weary of his ongoing struggle, the ascribing of human motivations to him, the predictable outcome, and numerous overly convenient plot coincidences long before the sentimental denouement.-S. P. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
(September 22, 2003; 0-439-32438-6)
Adapted from a chapter book series, the picture book Santa Paws by Ellen Emerson White, illus. by Robert J. Blake, relates the miraculous feats of heroism and derring-do performed by a nameless, homeless dog. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.