Patch is a perky pup who provides plenty of companionship to a little towheaded boy in this simple but satisfying story of the love between a boy and his dog.
The unnamed narrator recounts three episodic tales of life with Patch, each told with just one or two short sentences per page. The episodes recount encounters with rabbits while on a walk, an outbreak of fleas and a contest of dog tricks. Patch has his problems, chasing after a forbidden rabbit, suffering through the flea treatments and failing to complete any tricks at the competition. With each disappointment, the boy soothes Patch’s injuries or hurt feelings, reassuring his pet that they can try again and that they are “buddies through thick and thin.” The story may seem slight at first, but it deftly addresses deep concerns common to young children: that they will still be loved after disobedience or poor performance in the outside world, that their basic needs, injuries and emotional concerns will be all be tended to, and that they will still be loved “no matter what.” Cartoon-style watercolor-and-pencil illustrations complement the humor of the story and provide an impressive variety of expressions for the irrepressible pooch.
A short, funny tale that will resonate with preschoolers and new readers, as well as older children who need simple but meaningful stories. (Picture book. 3-8)