This effervescent boy-and-dog tale is worth making some room on the shelf.
The tale begins at the airport, where Eddie dreams of adventure. A white dog emerges from the carrier on the luggage carousel and introduces himself, and the adventures begin. Armed with sticks, boxes and their imaginations, they hunt for crocodiles and sail the seven seas. Eddie’s mother, being a more practical type, decides the dog cannot stay as they don’t have a big yard. Three times she sends the dog away, and three times he returns, riding up on a motor scooter, snorkeling along the shore and parachuting from an airplane. Will they be parted yet again? With warm illustrations, Brown focuses on Eddie and the dog, allowing the frame to chop off Eddie’s mom’s head, like the adults in a Peanuts cartoon. And there lies the crux of the story—the difference between being practical and passionate, between thinking with the head and playing with the heart. Children will see a warm story of a great dog and a red-haired little boy who have found a perfect friendship. Adults, if they listen closely, may see beyond the inconvenient realities of having a creative, active and persistent child. Unexpected adventures have their own unique rewards, like the glow of true happiness on an imaginative boy’s face.
A sweet choice for dog lovers, active children or anyone searching for a friend. (Picture book. 4-8)