The Dog Walk – Sven Nordqvist


             The Dog Walk – Sven Nordqvist, Floris Books, c2018, 2021. 9781782507437

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

Format: Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book? Descriptions for each page of this wordless story could merit a full-page review.  Sven Nordqvist of Findus and Pettson fame has created a book that could be pored over and examined many, many times, each time discovering something new.  (I used a magnifying glass to view the tiny, tiny figures.) If you are familiar with the Findus and Pettson books then you will know how he creates tiny comical, magical creatures that he incorporates into every page.  The creatures are living a life of their own with even chickens playing cards.  Here we begin with a little girl waving goodbye to an older lady (her grandma or a friend?) as a large fluffy dog pulls her away on its leash.  The little girl can always be found with her blue trousers, yellow shirt, and red ballcap. They begin at the most original of train stations where the train consists of open cars with no roofs pulled by what looks most like an ancient steam engine.  The train travels across an insanely high trestle bridge where below a man walks a huge hedgehog, a giraffe is traveling down the river in a rowboat and huge insects graze alongside cows.  The train tracks wind up and down and through a castle until the little girl departs, walking the dog through a zoo with huge sculptured fountains and the most peculiar of animals.  Really you have to see this book; it defies description as the little girl and the dog travel to every imaginable fantasy world and back home to the old lady.

“The illustrations were created using watercolour and acrylic paints, and inks, and some were finished with digital methods.” The detail in the illustrations is mind-boggling.

Anything you did not like about the book?  Absolutely not!

To whom would you recommend this book? Everyone.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries; also families for a one-on-one

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, Editor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  August 18, 2021

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