Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Kati Hites
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Young Winnie treats her dog, Waldorf, like a human. He frequently misbehaves, so Winnie decides that Waldorf needs to go to Disobedience School. Winnie teaches Waldorf everything from reading to art to nap-time. Waldorf gets distracted in gym class, but ends up saving the neighbor dog from running into the street! It turns out Waldorf is a pretty good dog, especially when he’s just being himself. Waldorf proves he’s learned a lot, as he walks Winnie all the way to kindergarten without any accidents.
Kati Hites adds a plethora of emotions to Waldorf through the illustrations in Winnie and Waldorf: Disobedience School. The end pages are filled with adorable illustrations, created with watercolors, of this dynamic duo. Adults and children alike will laugh through this book, especially when Waldorf clearly proves he can identify the letter C when he eats the cookies instead of the bone or the stuffed dog. Friendship, patience, and being yourself are the themes in this book. In addition, children who are anticipating their first day of kindergarten will especially enjoy this book!