Scruff – written and illustrated by Alice Bowsher


     Scruff – written and illustrated by Alice Bowsher, Cicada Books, 9781908714787, 2020 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover

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

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