Raymond – Yann and Gwendal Le Bec

      Raymond – Yann and Gwendal Le Bec, Candlewick Press, (9780763689506), 2017

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Raymond is a small brown Spaniel-type dog who lives a nice life in the city with a caring family.  One day Raymond decides that as part of the family he should eat at the table.  Soon Raymond, and all the other dogs in town begin acting more human.  Raymond gets a job as a “rovering reporter” for the magazine “Dogue” and then becomes a famous anchor dog on Dog News channel.  Raymond’s family no longer gets to see much of him, but they persuade him to take a break at the beach.  Soon, Raymond is chasing a ball and getting belly rubs and wondering why he ever gave up a dog’s life.  He realizes that, “A Dog’s life was absolutely brilliant!”  The colorful illustrations depict a multi-ethnic cast of characters and are full of humorous details.  A nice story that gives life to the adage of  be careful what you wish for.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?   This is a good choice for readers who love stories about dogs.  Harried parents will find themselves identifying with Raymond once he gets a job.  

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:  5/9/17             


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