Diner Dogs: Ready-to-Read Pre-Level 1 by Eric Seltzer, illustrated by Tom Disbury. Simon Spotlight, 2021. 9781534493865
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Format: Hardcover Early Reader
What did you like about the book? The illustrations are what makes this book shine! Tom Disbury has created some hilarious and fun pictures of wacky dogs doing wacky things. The very simple story follows a group of dogs who work at a diner. They wake up, go to work, make pancakes, serve their clientele, and go home. The text appears to be simple but for a pre-level one reader, we questioned whether they would be able to decode words like “rough” and the rhymes felt forced and unoriginal (“Diner dogs like to roll over. Just ask Ace and Duke and Grover.”) Check out the pictures, though, starting with the depiction of the “Belly Rub-0-Matic” as the dogs begin their day. A pink poodle wearing a towel apron popping pop-ups into an oven? What could be better?! A pink and turquoise 1950’s diner vibe? Perfect! Diner Dogs is simply a fun book to look at.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The text felt forced and the rhymes uninspiring
To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone who loves comical animals doing fun things as well as early readers who want a somewhat simple text
Who should buy this book? This is an additional purchase for those working with youngsters learning to read.
Where would you shelve it? Early readers
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA.
Date of review: October 13, 2021