Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? Digital and cartoonish illustrations tell the story of a scruffy guy who adopts a scruffy dog and names him Scruff. The pup seems a bit self-conscious about his appearance so he gets a haircut while his owner gets a makeover as well. They enter a local dog show and win a trophy for owner/dog look alike. The look is arty, with a mix of sophisticated colors (a pale aqua, bright red, and beige) and a heavy, Sharpie-like scribble for Scruff’s fur and the bushy beard and hair of his master. Endpapers cleverly shift from a dark, tangled mess in the front to a neatly groomed overlap at the back.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No, but it’s not particularly memorable.
To whom would you recommend this book? Maybe a family that’s recently adopted a messy fur baby in need of a trim.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer: Susan Harari, Keefe Library, Boston Latin School, Boston, MA
Date of review: August 10, 2020