Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book?: The illustrations in the book are gorgeous. The background of the pages is very dark and as a result the bold colors of the animal characters pop out on the page. The illustrations are cartoon animals and the dog in particular does not look like a realistic dog although some of the other animal characters we meet in the book look closer to their real counterparts. In the story we meet Frank the dog and his friend Mouse. Mouse’s favorite book is gone and Mouse is now sad about missing his bedtime book. Frank and Mouse go on an adventure finding who took the book. Along the way we meet a cat and owl who both passed the book on to another animal. Finally the animal team breaks the mystery and finds out that baby Hedgehog has the book. The book’s core message is about sharing and how sometimes even if it is something that would make us happy it is more important to share something if we know it will make someone else happy. The story does a very good job illustrating that lesson in child-like sentences.
Anything you didn’t like about it?: No
To whom would you recommend this book?: 1st and second grade readers
Who should buy this book?: Elementary schools
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?: No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA.
Date of review: April 29th, 2020