Will You Help Doug Find His Dog? – Jane Caston, illustrated by Carmen Saldana

 Will You Help Doug Find His Dog? – Jane Caston, illustrated by Carmen Saldana, Barefoot Books, (9781782853206), 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 take part in the story to help a little boy find his dog at the dog park.  Readers ask Doug questions about his dog and then must find the corresponding dogs among the many.  The number of dogs is narrowed down as Doug describes its attributes. His dog is scruffy, spotted, small, and has a big wet nose and a long tail.  Along the way readers are asked to call, pat, tickle and kiss the dogs.  Finally, there is only one dog left, but Doug says “..my dog is white,  not brown.”  The reader is asked to give the book a shake to reveal a white dog under the brown mud. All is well, until Doug drops the leash and his dog runs off to join the many dogs once again.  The sturdy pages will hold up well and the illustrations are full of color and fun.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a book for children who love dogs.  Readers who love interactive books such as Herve Tullet’s Press Here will also enjoy 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:  7/19/17             

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