In this installment of the Happy Dog Adventure series, Mirabelle, a black-and-white Boston terrier, enjoys a romp outside with her red ball and her owner, Mr. Muller.
The ball bounces a little too far, and Mirabelle goes off leash to retrieve it. When Mirabelle catches the ball at last, Mr. Muller exclaims, “Every day is an adventure with you, Mirabelle.” The text is her owner’s running commentary on Mirabelle’s activities. Muller, a photographer, collage artist and owner of a real Boston terrier named Mirabelle, uses a combination of photos and drawings assembled against stark white backgrounds to create the illustrations. With his cartoon head, photo hands and photo-collaged suit embellished with bow tie and buttons, Mr. Muller embodies artist Muller’s techniques. Mirabelle herself, another cartoon drawing, is cute in some scenes and stiff in others. The dog-walking plot in this offering is not that different from Mirabelle Goes for a Walk, and the settings—a sidewalk with stylized trees—are nearly identical. Mirabelle and the Butterfly, set in a garden this time, provides a little variety, but a few amusing moments are not enough to make for true adventures.
Stylish but slight. (Board book. 2-4)