Space Boy and His Dog – Dian Curtis Regan, illustrations by Robert Neubecker

   61GK8u3bG6L  Space Boy and His Dog – Dian Curtis Regan, illustrations by Robert Neubecker, Boyds Mills Press, (978-1590789551), 2015

Format: Hardcover.

Rating: 1-5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This is a story about imagination and sibling rivalry. Niko sets off an adventure into space with his trusty dog and robot. Their mission is to find a lost cat. His sister Posh shows up, but the book tells us “…she is not in this story.” Niko imagines landing on the moon where he finds a stowaway, Posh! Nicko sets off to find the cat, while Posh sets out some dog treats to tempt the cat. Niko is upset when Posh’s plan works. “Since Posh is not in this story, it is SO NOT FAIR that she found the missing cat.” I love that Posh is not one to be bossed around by her brother. In the end both siblings jointly return the lost cat to its owner. The digital illustrations are bold and colorful. The space scenes are set against a black background, while the home scenes have a light blue sky. Children will see the power of Niko’s imagination in the illustrations that show the homemade spaceship compared to the one he imagines. At the end of the story the illustrations show that the moon is actually a sandbox. This one should be popular.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? This is one to hand to kids who love space adventures and astronauts. This would pair well with Space Boy by Leo Landry. The way that the character of Posh is inserted into the story is reminiscent of Chester by Melanie Watt.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelf it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 5/12/15


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