Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Sue Stainton
Illustrator: Bob Staake
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
As a little boy meanders through a park to adopt a dog of his own, he passes dogs and owners of all shapes, sizes, colors, and varieties, and with all sorts of personalities! Page after page, this canine-loving kid observes the comical scene around him that subtly hints of the joys and quirks of owning a dog.
This book obviously appeals to a dog-loving audience, though the catchy and comical illustrations and text are interesting and amusing enough to entertain just about any audience, children and adults alike. Each page contains short phrases of simple words that are exactly rhymed, a style which would be conducive to helping young children learn how to read. Illustrations are very well done using a large and bright variety of colors, clearly drawn lines, and simple shapes to create an energetic, happy, comical feel, and they keep the pages busy but not overwhelming. This book is sure to bring a smile to your face, especially if you, like the narrator, love dogs!