Good Dog: Herd You Loud and Clear by Cam Higgins, illustrated by Ariel Landy

Good Dog: Herd You Loud and Clear by Cam Higgins, illustrated by Ariel Landy. Little Simon, 2020. 9781534479074

Format: Hardcover

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

 Genre: Animal fiction

 What did you like about the book?  Friendly farm puppy Bo Davis turns his attention to the flock of sheep he will someday herd in the 3rd installment of this cute beginning chapter book series.  Bo is disappointed to find he can’t climb rocks with the agility of his lamb friend Puffs, and frustrated by his unsuccessful attempts to help his ‘dad’ Darnell get the flock to the barn for shearing.  Wise old Nanny Sheep steps in to give Bo herding lessons; he learns quickly, and not a moment too soon.  While playing in the woods with his best dog friend Scrapper, Bo discovers that Puffs has wandered too far from the farm and needs the sheepdog to rescue him.

Bo’s farm adventures are charming and fun.  Young readers will love the developing relationships between the puppy and the other animals (even the drama provided by the mean barn cats).  This book includes more interaction with the adults in the Davis family than in previous volumes, which also provides a little more insight about life on a working farm.  The illustrations add life to every page and convey the animals’ emotions and actions perfectly.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No

 To whom would you recommend this book? It’s a great choice for 1st and 2nd graders who are ready to graduate to chapter books from early reader series like Henry and Mudge, Charlie the Ranch Dog and other animal favorites, but not quite ready for Lily to the Rescue or the like. And those readers who have already read books 1 and 2 will love this one too!

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Fiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Leigh Russell King, Lincoln Street School, Northborough, Massachusetts.

Date of review: 6/18/2021

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