We Want a Dog

Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. Jun. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781728238173.
PreS-Gr 2–Even if you think you want a dog, it turns out there are an awful lot of traits you might not like in your new pet. Would you really want “One that begs?/ One that sheds?/ One that rips things into shreds?” In playful verse the many downsides of doggy behavior are enumerated until the very end when the narrator has a change of heart. The digitally created illustrations pop off the page in flat black, white, red, and gray. Strong, simplified shapes of dogs being dogs are arranged dynamically to both please and surprise the eye. Fledgling readers will be able to take a crack at the spare text on their own, while readers and listeners alike will get a giggle out of the fact that farts and peeing on the Christmas tree are not overlooked.
VERDICT A visual treat with a jaunty, easy-to-read text, this should have wide appeal.

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