Santiago Stays

Santiago Stays

by Angela Dominguez
     
 

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Santiago stays. He does not budge when offered a walk. He does not budge when offered a treat. Not even a turkey leg can lure this stubborn French bulldog away from his post, despite the growing disappointment of the little boy who is trying to engage him. After several futile attempts, the boy's frustration bubbles over into a yell, which wakes the baby, and the

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Santiago stays. He does not budge when offered a walk. He does not budge when offered a treat. Not even a turkey leg can lure this stubborn French bulldog away from his post, despite the growing disappointment of the little boy who is trying to engage him. After several futile attempts, the boy's frustration bubbles over into a yell, which wakes the baby, and the reader realizes whom Santiago has been resolutely guarding all along. This familiar theme of an attention-seeking older sibling, paired with the comically and characteristically stubborn French bulldog, makes for a humorous and cathartic tale for dog lovers of all ages!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dominguez (Let’s Go, Hugo!) creates a portrait of a dog that defies the stereotype of a shallow, easily bribable creature. The adorable Santiago has pointy ears and eyes that gleam when his young master calls. Dominguez’s drawings, outlined in ink and pencil, appear against clean white backdrops, the better to contrast the boy’s entreaties with Santiago’s placid nonreactions. “Look,” the boy cries, waving a spotted elephant. “I’ve got your favorite toy!” Santiago, in the corner of the opposite page, stares but doesn’t move. Offers to fetch, go for a walk, and wear a favorite sweater are spurned; even magnificent treats (“Maybe a turkey leg? With a hamburger?”) don’t tempt him. When he does show interest, it’s in response to the cry of another person in the room—a very small person. And since the boy is concerned about the fuss coming from the crib, too, the two become allies. The idea that there’s a dog who cares more about a crying baby than a hamburger is a heartwarming one; Santiago isn’t just cute but, in his own small way, noble, too. Ages 2–5. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
PreS—A boy tries every trick in the book to get his adorable, big-eared, supremely stubborn pooch to move. Toys, a game of fetch, a walk, even a treat are offered to Santiago, who turns up his nose at every one. When the frustrated child screams, "Santiago!" readers finally learn why the pup stays put. A wail issues from the crib in the corner, and the dog and his boy run to comfort baby sister. The large, mixed-media illustrations set against white backgrounds pack much nuance and personality into the canine and human characters. The narrative, though, falls flat. Readers wonder why Santiago refuses to play with the boy but are given no hints that his stubborn refusal is rooted in duty to guarding the baby. In fact, the baby's presence is unknown until the boy shouts, startling her. The sweet ending, with the boy and dog reassuring the baby that they are nearby, unfortunately does not make up for the indirect and somewhat confusing narrative.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Why won't Santiago come? In this simple tale of pet camaraderie, a boy tries to play with his dog, plying him with ever-escalating enticements. A toy, a ball, a walk, a treat? A very special treat? Various options are presented in minimal, conversational text, with accessible pictorial cues to let young listeners and readers figure out precisely what is being offered. Warm, colorful, digitally enhanced illustrations rendered in pencil, ink, marker and tissue paper are the focus here, as the lovable, resolute pup and his very determined boy each try to communicate in his own way. But wait! What's that cry coming from the corner? The boy's sister, of course! And as Santiago knows, she needs to know she is not alone. "Don't cry. / We're here! // Good boy, Santiago," the boy says, recognizing both very special members of his family. While not stated, the boy seems to be of Hispanic or Latino origin, adding a subtle, multicultural flavor to this appealing, straightforward selection. Dog lovers and older siblings alike will bask in the quiet humor as they try to solve this gentle canine mystery. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613126196
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Angela Dominguez was raised in Texas and earned her MFA at Academy of Art University. This is her sixth picture book. She now teaches at Academy of Art University and lives in San Francisco.

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