I Will Always Be Happy To See You

tr. from Dutch. illus. by Jenny Meilihove. 32p. Clavis. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781605372716.
PreS-Gr 1—In this ode to unconditional love, a girl tells her dog that—no matter what—she will always be happy to see him. Her canine friend demonstrates his admiration for her by trying to do the right thing. He brings her pretty flowers that come from the not-so-happy neighbor's garden. He attempts to help by taking out the garbage. Unfortunately, his way of accomplishing this task is to dump the trash out the window. Like all of us, the pup has moments of selfishness. He takes the best seat on the train, brings home tons of dirty laundry, and doesn't always go to bed on time. None of this matters, because his owner will always be happy to see him. Although this is a tale about a girl and her dog, the story can be applied to children and everyday situations. It sends a great message, and the large, bright, and colorful illustrations are simple and appealing to young listeners. The characters are very animated and display fun expressions.
VERDICT This is a good book but not necessarily a first purchase.

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