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DO YOU STILL LOVE ME? by Charlotte Middleton


by Charlotte Middleton & illustrated by Charlotte Middleton

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7636-2254-0
Publisher: Candlewick

The old new-sibling/pet-in-the-house formula is given an original twist when Pequito the chameleon moves in, disturbing Dudley the dog’s sublime peace. Gentle humor infuses this tale of the great-hearted but not-too-smart Dudley and his angst over the arrival of his scaly rival. Multimedia collages layer simple, bright line-and-color drawings over uncluttered, often photographic backgrounds, and full-bleed, double-paged spreads are broken up by vignettes and the occasional action sequence of four horizontal panels. This understated variety lends depth and interest to the simple, deadpan narration, revealing psychodramas and foreshadowings of which Dudley is blissfully unaware. Dudley himself is an appropriately goofy yellow lab with ink-dot eyes and an oddly skewed nose, clever command of line lending him great personality and appeal. That Dudley comes round to Pequito’s presence is never in doubt, but the magnificently heroic way in which he does that is immensely satisfying, both to Dudley and to the reader. (Picture book. 3-6)