Brooklyn Bailey, the Missing Dog

Dial. Apr. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525552734.
K-Gr 3–A young boy’s frightened dog runs away, and folks in the boy’s Brooklyn neighborhood help search for her. Tied to a metal chair outside a shop, Bailey topples the chair and takes off when a woman accidentally crashes into her. Dragging the chair, which is now attached to her leash, Bailey races across the street between beeping cars, only becoming freed when the leash gets caught on a fence. Unfortunately, her leash and ID tag are left behind, too. People point where they see the dog heading, a store owner prints the boy’s “missing” posters for free, and the mail carrier and sanitation worker spread the word. But Bailey remains missing for two nights—until a poop deposit signals she is not far away. A welcome home party follows Bailey’s return. The digital illustrations depict elongated figures set against a neighborhood background that features a diverse set of characters. A lovely spread contains a grid of streets divided into squares, each revealing the energetic life of the community, from bagel shops to fruit stands to parks. Eagle-eyed readers will recognize characters from former pages now depicted in miniature.
VERDICT This is a delightful visit to a vibrant Brooklyn neighborhood and a wonderful model of neighborly care.

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