Bright, textured collages add a warm and joyful resonance to a simple story about a large dog who reluctantly makes room in his master's household for a woman, a cat, and a baby. Although the mutt resents losing his place on the couch and in the bed, he enjoys the lady's leftovers, the feline's milk, and the child's antics--"So," he says, "I guess I'll make room." Created with hand-painted tissue and construction paper, the cozy pictures have patterned backgrounds and representational figures that enhance the brief, rhythmic text. For instance, one double-page spread shows the expectant couple asleep in one another's arms while their pets doze at the foot of the bed. The emotional distance provided by the dog's-eye view makes this a super choice for sharing with young children who may be feeling displaced by a new sibling. And readers of all ages will enjoy the author's inspirational family portrait on the back of the dust jacket, accompanied by the statement "Apgar, the cat, refused to pose."