What did you like about the book? The Wimbledons have a very strange beagle dog, Stanley. Each time they hear a strange noise in the night, one of the children reports it and Walter, the Dad, goes to explore. Stanley is up to all manner of extraordinary things but we do not find out until the end just what the purpose of his work is. Agee’s signature illustrations accompanied by his outrageous sense of humor create a very unique picture book.
What didn’t you like about this book? Some might find the humor a little bit over the top – into nonsense.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend this one to those kids who can understand and appreciate the absurd. It might work well in a story time session.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books
Should we (librarians/Readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? For Jon Agee fans, yes, though you might be scratching your head….
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School, Gardner, MA
Date of review: 3/4/2015