Zorro Gets an Outfit

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Fashion goes to the dogs in this lovable follow-up to Say Hello to Zorro!

Mister Bud and Zorro get along just great. They wake up together, have walk time together, and take naps together. But something is about to interrupt their schedule: Zorro has to wear a fancy outfit.
Zorro is embarassed, mortified, aghast. Mr. Bud tries to cheer him up, but nothing works. Everyone makes fun of Zorro, and he refuses to ...

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Overview

Fashion goes to the dogs in this lovable follow-up to Say Hello to Zorro!

Mister Bud and Zorro get along just great. They wake up together, have walk time together, and take naps together. But something is about to interrupt their schedule: Zorro has to wear a fancy outfit.
Zorro is embarassed, mortified, aghast. Mr. Bud tries to cheer him up, but nothing works. Everyone makes fun of Zorro, and he refuses to participate in chew-on-a-stick time. Mister Bud doesn’t know what to do.
But when another dog—a very cool dog—shows up in an outfit and does amazing tricks and beats all the other dogs in a race, Zorro discovers that wearing clothes might not be so bad after all.
Everything is back on schedule.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mister Bud, a mutt, and Zorro the pug had an antagonistic relationship in Say Hello to Zorro! but now they are amiable companions. It’s an ordinary day when something terrible happens: the dogs’ owner surprises Zorro with an outfit that makes him look like a cutesy version of Batman. Mortified, Zorro begrudgingly accompanies Mister Bud on a walk, as neighborhood dogs and a cat jeer at his new look. With the help of a third dog, though, Zorro’s self-confidence is restored. Goodrich creates spot-on canine caricatures: Zorro’s expressions of humiliation and despair are priceless. Ages 4–8. (May)
From the Publisher
"Mark this one 'to read.'"—Kirkus Reviews

"Goodrich is brilliant at depicting doggy emotions, whether it is the deeply embarrassed Zorro, content Mr. Bud, or suave Dart. As in the first installment, the book is well designed, with ample white space surrounding the all-small-caps font and bright images. Whether shared one-on-one or as part of a dog-themed storytime, this book is sure to please existing fans of Mr. Bud and Zorro and create new admirers of these charming pups."—School Library Journal

"A treat for dog lovers young and old."—Booklist

From the Publisher

"Mark this one 'to read.'"—Kirkus Reviews

"Goodrich is brilliant at depicting doggy emotions, whether it is the deeply embarrassed Zorro, content Mr. Bud, or suave Dart. As in the first installment, the book is well designed, with ample white space surrounding the all-small-caps font and bright images. Whether shared one-on-one or as part of a dog-themed storytime, this book is sure to please existing fans of Mr. Bud and Zorro and create new admirers of these charming pups."—School Library Journal

"A treat for dog lovers young and old."—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
Zorro the pug and his canine pal, Mr. Bud, return for a second adventure (Say Hello to Zorro, 2011), this time focusing on Zorro and an unwanted gift of a hooded cape similar to that worn by the masked outlaw. When Zorro's owner puts the cape on her dog, the precocious pug hangs his head in embarrassment at being forced to wear an "outfit." On the way to the dog park, he is teased by the dogs on the corner and by Slim the alley cat, making him feel even worse. The situation improves dramatically with the arrival of Dart, a dashing dog in a striped coat and bandana, who makes wearing an outfit seem cool. The clever story is told with a minimum of text, just a line or two per page, along with dialogue incorporated into the amusing watercolor illustrations. Zorro displays a full range of emotions, from deepest shame to gleeful pride, and Dart's exuberant personality is quickly conveyed through his bold actions and confident demeanor. ("Hey, cool outfit! Let's race!") Anyone who has been forced to wear an unwanted clothing gift or who has felt embarrassed by being different will relate to Zorro's dilemma. At the dog park or the playground, social standing is a fluid world sensitive to change and the influence of a top dog. Mark this one "to read." (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The dynamic canine duo from Say Hello to Zorro! (S & S, 2010) takes on a new problem. The day starts off as usual for friends Mr. Bud and Zorro until there's a snag in their routine—their owner gives Zorro a superhero cape and mask outfit. Forced to wear the insulting attire during the walk, a very dismayed pup gets increasingly upset as other dogs make fun of him. Though Mr. Bud attempts to cheer him up, he remains disconsolate. Only the appearance of Dart, a confident dog in a sailor suit, revives Zorro. Upon seeing Dart's amazing tricks, he forgets his misery and happily frolics with the other dogs. The message of this story seems fairly open-ended—are appearances irrelevant as long as one has fun? Is it okay to wear a ridiculous outfit because someone cool is wearing one? Should you accept what life hands you and make the best of it? Readers can draw their own conclusions. The stylized watercolor illustrations, however, are unequivocally hilarious. Goodrich is brilliant at depicting doggy emotions, whether it is the deeply embarrassed Zorro, content Mr. Bud, or suave Dart. As in the first installment, the book is well designed, with ample white space surrounding the all-small-caps font and bright images. Whether shared one-on-one or as part of a dog-themed storytime, this book is sure to please existing fans of Mr. Bud and Zorro and create new admirers of these charming pups.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442435353
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 707,860
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carter Goodrich is an acclaimed illustrator whose work has been appearing for years in magazines like The NewYorker and The Atlantic Monthtly. His animation work includes Brave, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., The Prince of Egypt, and Shrek. His previous picture books include A Creature Was Stirring, The Hermit Crab, and Say Hello to Zorro! He lives in Los Angeles.

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    I chose this book to feature at storytime based strictly on its

    I chose this book to feature at storytime based strictly on its cover art...I thought maybe the outfit was a costume for Halloween which is coming up next month. But, alas, Zorro's owners just dress him up for no reason. Hmm. Mr. Bud doesn't get an outfit - is there some sort of prejudicial pooch preference going on here? The mutt doesn't rate an outfit but the pedigreed pug does!? Perhaps All-Dogs-Deserve-Coutoure should investigate. (No, that organization does NOT exist!) Anyway, Zorro is savagely mocked by the other dogs and even by the cat he and Mr. Bud routinely chase. It is too much for a little dog to endure with any fortitude...until an ubercool trick-performing canine named Dart enters the picture dressed in his own dashing duds. Suddenly, it's okay to be different. The artwork is breathtakingly character-driven giving life and personality to each figure. I especially love the one with all 3 dogs racing, all four feet in the air, their faces intent on the win. Great stuff for any age!

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