Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? An energetic bug-eyed little pup cannot seem to behave. In first person narrative the little rascal tells us “I lick your face. I bite your leg. I nip your finger. Paw your head.” This seems to be how he shows his love to his owner a red-haired bespectacled little boy. The illustrations perfectly capture the dog’s energy. Readers will laugh at the usual dog bad behavior – digging, chasing animals and even rolling in poo. The dog also runs away a lot and will not listen to commands. When a thunderstorm sends the dog off on the run, he is scared and becomes lost. Luckily his owner finds him. The dog and owner have a happy reunion: “I don’t do ‘Sit!’ I don’t do ‘Stay” But I will love you anyway.”
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone who owns a dog will enjoy this story of a naughty pup that you cannot help loving.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you love dogs.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 12/21/16