We Love You, Rosie! – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Linda Davick

      We Love You, Rosie! – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Linda Davick, Beach Lane Books, (9781442465114), 2017

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Readers explore the concept of opposites through this story of an African-American brother and sister and their beloved dachshund, Rosie. Short chapters show Rosie  at night and day, being good and bad, going in and out, playing lost and found, going up and down, and staying here and there.  Throughout the story the twin siblings repeat the refrain that no matter where Rosie is or what she does, “We love you, Rosie.”  The bright digital illustrations complement the text and are full of fun and expression.  The text is full of repetition with the opposite words printed in all caps and will be easily deciphered by early readers: “Hello, Rosie, Are you being GOOD? GOOD sitting, Rosie! GOOD barking, Rosie! GOOD eating, Rosie. Rosie is very GOOD.” This is a nice addition to concept books on opposites.  Readers will enjoy the loving relationship between the siblings and their pet.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a nice choice for readers learning the concept of opposites.  The simple repetitive text makes it a good choice for beginning readers.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary and preschool 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:  3/7/17             

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