Children's Literature - Dianne OchiltreeWhat is the very best thing about a puppy? In this buoyant, full color picture book, a young boy describes all the things he likes, and does not like, about his new pet. He says, for example, that "The good thing about a puppy is, he's warm and wriggly. The bad thing is, he won't keep still." The following story is packed with puppy antics, told with humor and affection. Judy Hindley, author of more than thirty books for children, really knows how to express the seesaw of emotions a child may have for a favorite pet. In the end we discover that, even if a headstrong puppy doesn't always go through with your plans, the 'best thing' is having a best friend to love. Patricia Casey's joyful watercolor and ink drawings capture the jiggly energy of a puppy, as they dance around the easy-to-read text. Sturdy hardcover binding and quality paper stock make this affordable picture book durable enough for reading to little ones again and again. This is a story that will make readers of all ages smile!
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1-Children will be charmed by the antics of a lovable pup as his young owner describes its sometimes good, sometimes bad behavior. "The good thing is, you get to walk him every day. The bad thing is, he wants to go his own way." When the boy receives a big wet kiss at the story's end, it is unlikely anyone will disagree with his assessment that "The best thing is, a puppy is a friend." The canine's exuberance is brought to life in the actions the child relates and through the lively watercolor-and-ink illustrations that roll and bounce across each page with puppylike enthusiasm. The simple vocabulary and bold-faced print against a crisp white background may also make this story inviting for beginning readers.-Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA
Kirkus ReviewsHindley (The Big Red Bus, 1995, etc.) masterfully captures the abundant energy and mischievousness of a puppy as it capers about, to the delight and exasperation of its new owner. The frisky puppy's maneuvers serve as a backdrop to the boy's attempts to define the qualities that make a puppy such an appealing companion. "The good thing is, the way he rolls and bounces. The bad thing is, he goes and jumps in puddlesþand then wants to cuddle." Casey's full-color ink-and-watercolor drawings bring the puppy to life as it leaps and frolics across the pages, spiritedly expressing the joie de vivre that is part and parcel of a puppy's existence. The best thing about this book is the way it makes readers smile with every turn of the page. (Picture book. 3-6)
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