Puppy, Puppy, Puppy – Julie Sternberg, illustrated by Fred Koehler

         Puppy, Puppy, Puppy – Julie Sternberg, illustrated by Fred Koehler, Boyds Mills Press, (9781629794662), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  3

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Puppy is truly baby’s best friend in this wonderful story about their friendship.  Baby’s favorite word, repeated all day, is “Puppy!”  The bright digital illustrations bring to life the multi-ethnic family with the brown-skinned baby and mom, the fair-skinned father, and the little terrier.   Readers will enjoy the humorous illustrations – puppy in sunglasses and baby wearing a tie as a headband get dressed in a pair of underpants – each head sticking out of a leg hole.  “Baby gets dressed nicely, and Puppy gets dressed nicely. And Baby say, ‘Puppy.’”  The repetitive text makes this a good choice for a beginning reader. A fun story for anyone who loves dogs.  Parents will identify with the illustration of the exhausted parents at the end of the busy day.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a fun one to hand to dog lovers.  

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:   7/2/17             

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