Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? A little black dog tells lots of stories about how the titular vase was broken. First he blames an elephant, then a mouse, a crow, a sheep, and a baby. When asked point-blank “Did you break the vase?” The dog finally confesses what the reader knew all along. The parental dog forgives him and the two take a tennis ball out to play. The big dog throws the ball, and on the next page the ball crashes through a window. Who broke the window? According to the big dog it was a “huge grasshopper.” The ending serves to show that even grownups may find it difficult to always tell the truth. The graphic brightly-colored pages complement the story very well.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The idea of the grown up not owning up to the broken window is a bit unexpected. I imagine that the grown up was only telling the tall story to illustrate to the child that it is easy to discern a lie.
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be fun to use in a story time about fibbing along with titles such as Rosemary Wells’ Fiona’s Little Lie, The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer and Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra. Parents dealing with children who tell tales would also enjoy sharing this one.
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