MY FRIEND BARLOW by Chris Hamilton

MY FRIEND BARLOW

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Age Range: 1 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A tiny bird extols the many talents of his canine buddy in this tail-wagging story for young pups.

Finch, an adorably articulate bird, can’t say enough great things about his buddy, Barlow. This “very smart dog” does all the things you’d expect. He can speak, sit, jump, “lay” down (ouch), roll over, run in a circle, dig a hole and chew a shoe. But that’s just the beginning of Barlow’s talents. He can read a book, do a puzzle, stack blocks, build a doghouse, sing, dance, ride a scooter, make his own dinner and more. Best of all, toddlers can join in the fun, tapping to initiate the action on each colorful page. Pre-readers will delight in Olivia Tennet’s engaging narration and the spot-on sound effects. Be sure to listen for the wind as Barlow rides his scooter, Finch flying behind, as well as the sound of Barlow’s flower growing. Exciting interactive features include an artist’s easel on which readers can “paint” and save their work, a piano keyboard and bath bubbles to pop, allowing young ones to test their own artistic and counting skills. The story may well double as a bedtime favorite, as Barlow’s busy day culminates in dinner, bathtime, pajamas and sweet dreams that set paws a-twitching.

Whether furry or feathered, pre-readers may discover new skills of their own with this interactive clever-pup tale. (iPad storybook app. 1-5)


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Pub Date: Nov. 21st, 2013
Publisher: OddBot
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2014




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