Big Dogs, Little Dogs: A Visual Guide to the World’s Dogs by Jim Medway


714ixd9xh7l  Big Dogs, Little Dogs: A Visual Guide to the World’s Dogs by Jim Medway. Firefly, 2016. 9781770858282

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? An oversize illustrated compendium of dogs from all over the world. What’s amazing is that the breed-specific physical traits are drawn with such specificity, while employing Hergé-like illustration that shows humor and affection. The book is divided by dog types, such as Working Dogs, Herding Dogs, Toy Dogs, Mixed Breed Dogs, etc. Includes a section of puppies, where the reader can find the adult dog which corresponds to the puppy by following a meandering dotted line. An index of dog breeds with breed origins caps it off. You might think that you need a photographic guide to dog breeds, but this illustrated one delivers.

Anything you didn’t like about it? This is less useful for potential dog owners, as it doesn’t include behavior traits or personality of the different breeds.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is for dog lovers who like to browse the breed or for the sheer enjoyment of cute dog illustrations.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Non fiction 636.7

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  If you love dogs, then, yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: January 31, 2017

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