Sun Dog – Deborah Kerbel, illustrations by Suzanne Del Rizzo

  Sun Dog – Deborah Kerbel, illustrations by Suzanne Del Rizzo, Pajama Press, (9781772780383), 2018

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Juno is a little husky who lives on the arctic tundra with her boy. When summer arrives, the sun does not set and Juno cannot sleep. One night she ventures outside, but all the other creatures are fast asleep. Frightened by an owl, Juno runs back home only to find a polar bear outside the family house. Brave little Juno barks and alerts the neighbor’s sled dogs and the bear flees.  The story is a nice introduction to the arctic. The eye-catching illustrations are rendered in polymer clay and acrylic, bringing the arctic to vivid life.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a story that will appeal to children interested in the arctic and those who like sled dogs. Pair it with Over in the Arctic by Marianne Berkes and Kumak’s Fish by Michael Bania for a fun arctic themed story time.

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:  7/8/18       


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