A Day with Dogs by Dorothée de Monfreid, Translated from French by Linda Burgess. Gecko Press, 2017. ISBN 9781776570980
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Dedicated to Richard Scarry, this book of places and things takes a proverbial page from his book, with the substitution of dogs for Scarry’s menagerie of creatures. Dogs at home, splashing in the bathroom, taking the bus to town, at work, walking in the country, take the place of children and all their activities. Words label places and things, and word bubbles add humor. The seasons, food, music, flowers, animals, and the doctor are also covered, the latter showing little dogs with rashes, crutches and a cough. Illustrations look to be done with pen and watercolor, and are busy without being overwhelming. A directory of dogs and their breeds announces the cast of characters. I can imagine dog-loving kids naming the dogs and making up stories of their adventures. Translated from Tout tout sur les toutous, 2015.
Anything you didn’t like about it?
To whom would you recommend this book? Hand this to Richard Scarry lovers, dog lovers or those looking for picture dictionary books.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: January 26, 2017