Sandra Boynton, the author of bestselling pick-me-ups like Yay, You! and Moo, Baa, La La La!, comes out with this adorable ode to love between a doggy mom and her pup.
Based on a song from her prior Philadelphia Chickens, Boynton's colorful board book features a mama happily reassuring her youngster: "Snuggle puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine!" In her ditty that starts off with the two next to a mixing bowl (and the pup covered in cookie dough), Mama says, "I have a thing to tell you, and it won't take long -- the way I feel about you is kind of a song." With an "ooo" and a big kiss to get it going, Mama sings her pup a bouncy tune that repeats "I love what you are. I love what you do. / Fuzzy little Snuggle Puppy, I love you." By the time the cookies are done, the song is ending, but of course Mama's love doesn't end when the book concludes with an "I love you! [Big smooch!]" and a soothing hug.
An energetic, sensitive read that's sure to get your heart singing, too, Snuggle Puppy is a marvelous way for moms and their little pups to connect. Boynton's focus on basic, unconditional love makes her board book so refreshing, and her breezy, witty artwork makes it fun to look at as parents and children sing along together. You'll be cozily and happily snuggling up with this charmer in hand. Matt Warner