Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family – words by Nelly Buchet, Art by Andrea Zuill


 Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family – words by Nelly Buchet, Art by Andrea Zuill, schwartz & wade, (9781984848994), 2020

Format: Hardcover Picture book

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

 Genre: Animal fiction

What did you like about the book? There are basically two words in this story: dog and cat.  I can’t help wondering about the collaboration between writer and illustrator – it actually seems as if the illustrations came first – no, they had to have closely collaborated.  Zuill’s illustrations -rendered in ink, compiled digitally and colored in Photoshop –simple and bright manage to convey the scenes perfectly.  The opening with a man climbing the steps into his house while his little white dog with a huge black nose stands in the open window excited as only a dog can get in greeting, tail furiously wagging, no way you cannot imagine the next scene.  This dog has a completely happy life: lots of toys, yummy food, a kingly bed (though he, of course, sleeps with his “dad”.  Life is perfect.  What are those big packing boxes on the floor, though?

Meanwhile at another house is a woman sitting on her steps watching her big brown dog try to play with her standoffish orange cat.  They have it perfect, too – until the man and woman become a couple and the cat and the dog and the dog become the blended family.  Is it fast and easy?  What do you think?

Anything you did not like about the book?  Beyond perfect.

To whom would you recommend this book? There might be one or two people who would find this book silly but everyone else would love it!  Good choice for a melded family, that will be combining children from different families into a new one – and also if that stands true for pets.  Those introducing a new pet to others could also benefit from this one.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, day-cares and families!

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: 4/5/2020

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