Books by Paul Banks

IT’S A DOG’S LIFE by Paul Banks
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

A charming puppy with floppy ears and an oversized nose is the star of this story with rhyming text adapted from the words of a song written for children. The cover illustration of the oversized volume introduces the main character with a dramatic painting of the appealing pup seemingly ready to jump right off the cover illustration and into the reader's lap. Kirchmayr's paintings use strong lines in pencil and ink with splashes of color and lots of white space, giving an uncluttered, clean look to his illustrations. The unnamed puppy and his neighborhood canine friends and foes are undeniably engaging, each one with expressive eyes and a big, shiny nose. Unfortunately, the text does not rise to the standards of the illustrations, with sing-songy verses that may work when sung, but not when read as text. The rhyming pairs frequently don't actually rhyme, and the unrelated, repeated refrain of the titular phrase does not have the bounce of the playful main character. Some songs for children transfer easily to narrative text, but this isn't one of them. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >