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The power of one harried illustrator threatens to doom a dog's birthday in this imaginative picture book from John Stradler. Dog's birthday is sabotaged by a fickle and overworked illustrator who has put him in the wrong story, and soon, he and 26 animal guests who have arrived for the celebration find themselves on the run from the illustrator -- and from "The End" of the book. Kids will love the funny remarks from this frantic bunch: "If we're animals, how come we can talk?" and gorilla's pensive thought as a hangs from a tree "If a tree falls in a book and no one is reading, does anybody know?"
As they near the end, Dog finally takes control of the artist's brush, painting wings on an elephant, who flies the animals into the right story and into a comfy bed for the sleepover that was originally planned. The cartoonish characters, creative plot, and behind-the-scenes look at the art of illustration will amuse and entertain young readers. (Amy Barkat)