Our Very Own Dog – Amanda McCardie, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino

     Our Very Own Dog –51rqpezi-ll Amanda McCardie, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino, Candlewick Press, (9780763689483), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A little dog named Sophie is welcomed into a very well-prepared family’s home.  The young narrator and her parents have all of the necessities covered:”a cozy bed and blankets, bowls for food and water, a toy to sleep with and one to chew, a ball, a leash and a collar.”  The family is very gentle and reassuring with the new dog and soon they are teaching her a few commands, and taking her to the neighborhood dog park. Still, Sophie does get up to some mischief in the garden and she doesn’t like baths.  More tips about dogs and dog ownership are presented in italicized font on the pages.  The illustrations are bright and playful and perfectly complement the text.  The end pages are filled with illustrations of various dog breeds that will capture the reader right away.  The book includes a bibliography titled “A Few Useful Books About Dogs” and an index.  This is a perfect choice for families considering adopting a dog.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book is a perfect introduction to dog ownership for families considering adding a dog to the family.  

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? No

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

Date of review:  1/28/17             

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