Humphrey ascribes to her dog Rudy a number of platitudes on life and living splashed onto brightly colored pages.
Rudy, a brown-and-white dog with a red heart on his collar, is the protagonist. “Find a hero,” says the text in big, bold script opposite an image of Rudy gazing upon a poster of a becaped Superdog who has captured a thief. “Find a balance …” finds Rudy balanced on two paws on a red-and-white ball. Rudy stretches and leaps and rolls with it and follows his star, ensuring that he, and readers, “will find happiness wherever you are!” The back story for this self-indulgent pseudo-philosophy is the author/artist’s adoption of Rudy from a shelter and how she began painting him, finding in him the source of her life lessons. The rich colors and simple shapes are eye-catching, but the simplistic advice is not. There is not a lot of child appeal. It is more like the kind of thing adults give to other adults instead of a fancy greeting card, although some of those evoke deeper emotions.
Ten percent of the net proceeds from sales will go to the Friends of Animals Utah, where Rudy was found. Or you can just make a direct donation. (Picture book. Adult)