From the Publisher
“The watercolor-and-pencil illustrations perfectly capture the exuberance and spirit of this tale. Children who have had their own feelings of doubt, and of being overshadowed by the arrival of a new sibling, will relate to and embrace this story of each individual's importance and place in a family.” School Library Journal
“Well-written. Hoyt's enjoyable pencil-and-watercolor illustrations include lots of action scenes and a variety of perspectives and formats to add to the volume's appeal.” The Reviews
“Each spread brims with energy and movement, propelling the action and the reader forward. Satisfying sound play . . . . and frequent dog howls and yips will make this canine tale a hit as a group read-aloud and a read-alone for new readers. Wa-roooo!” The Horn Book
“Well-crafted, breezy drawings animate the flurry and frenzy as sound effects in red type accentuate the action.” Booklist
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
This title may seem like a nod to E.B. White, for those who remember the spider's first words about the pig Wilbur, but that is where any similarity ends. Mary Casanova's animals are not farm animals. They certainly do not speak (at least, nothing beyond the "Wa-roo" and "Yip-yip" sounds you would expect from these particular breeds). But you can be sure that these animals have feelingsand they will tug at your heartstrings just like the beloved characters of old. Bassett hound George basks in the glow of his owners' attention. Then, one day a new dog enters the scene and everything changes. The energetic interloper quickly claims the spotlight. He fetches, he does tricks, and he even helps them shop. Soon, George's bassetty jowls are hanging lower than ever. What can possibly change this unhappy situation? How can he come to terms with his new roommate?
School Library Journal
George is a lovable and dependable basset hound whose humans have always been happy to have him around. When a stray comes into their lives, though, things suddenly change. Zippity runs, fetches, swims, and chases, and he zooms circles around George, who feels left out and displaced. Unfortunately, the newcomer is scared to death of thunder and runs away when a storm hits. The man and woman ask George to help, and he uses his trusty nose to track Zippity, rescuing him from the muck where he is stuck and frightened. The watercolor-and-pencil illustrations perfectly capture the exuberance and spirit of this tale. George's wrinkled, floppy, lovable face speaks volumes, and Zippity's energy is equally clear. Children who have had their own feelings of doubt, and of being overshadowed by the arrival of a new sibling, will relate to and embrace this story of each individual's importance and place in a family.
Genevieve GallagherCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
In this well-written story, George is an older Bassett Hound who enjoys a sedate life: resting on the couch, napping in the hammock and quietly riding on the center seat of his owners' fishing boat. When a scruffy stray dog joins the household, life changes for everyone, but most of all for George. The new dog receives the name Zippity for his high-energy antics, and he amazes everyone except George with his tricks and peppy personality. In a wonderfully dramatic climax, Zippity runs away during a thunderstorm and gets stuck in a swamp, but George uses his superb tracking skills to find and rescue the frightened little dog. The two canines return home together in a satisfying conclusion to claim their own special roles in the family. Hoyt's enjoyable pencil-and-watercolor illustrations include lots of action scenes and a variety of perspectives and formats to add to the volume's appeal. His polished illustrations create distinct personalities for the two dogs, with big, laid-back George contrasting nicely with tiny, wiry Zippity. (Picture book. 4-7)