PreS-K-When Bud finds a white dog with black spots and wants to keep him, his mother tells him that first they must be sure that he doesn't frighten the farm animals. The pup disappears and the action that follows centers around the boy looking for him amid the rabbits, sheep, chickens, llamas, pigs, goats, ponies, and cows-all of which are black and white. Children are sure to notice the camouflaged dog in each scene. Bud's mother's statement, "Why, that dog fits in just fine-It's as plain as black and white" prompts her son to name his pet just that: "Black and White-B.W. for short." The writing is average at best, and at times forced. Neidigh's gouache-and-colored-pencil illustrations focus on the many animals but the features of the human characters are less well defined. Children may enjoy finding the canine in the barnyard scenes, but that alone is not enough to save this book.-Meghan R. Malone, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.