A Dog With Nice Ears

illus. by Lauren Child. 32p. (Charlie and Lola). Candlewick. Apr. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536200362. POP
PreS-Gr 2—In Child's latest "Charlie and Lola" adventure, Lola is determined to get a dog even though her parents have said no. Lola will not be dissuaded. Together with Charlie and their friend Marv, she determines that her ideal pup will have nice ears (for holding glasses on), a puffy tail, a wiggly nose (but absolutely no fleas), and perhaps be good at hopping. Readers may not be surprised by the pet that she ends up with, but they'll be certain it is the perfect kind of "dog" for Lola. The mixed media illustrations feature Child's signature style of rich bright patterns and line-drawn characters and incorporate whimsical and imaginary elements throughout. The sibling conversation is authentic and entertaining with such excellent exchanges as Lola's first demand that their dog must have a very waggy tail that is "FIVE rulers long." When Charlie insists that five rulers is absolutely too long a tail for any dog to have, Lola happily amends her wish to a puffy tail, perfect for an extremely furryish dog.
VERDICT A pleasing selection for storytime or one-on-one enjoyment. Recommended for most collections.

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