A dog seeks friends and finds family at the Humane Society in Roberts’ debut picture book.
Mr. Fuzzy Ears gets stuck in a cupboard while trying to befriend a mouse, and chipmunks and a squirrel reject his friendly overtures. Defeated, he asks his human “mom and dad” to take him to the Humane Society to find a new friend: “They were so good to me and helped me find my Forever Home!” There, he meets various animals, including a cat named Preston whose owner couldn’t afford his medical care. Finally, Mr. Fuzzy Ears meets dogs Izzy and Sofie and knows he’s found new pals. The humans adopt them, and on the way home, they find Teddy, a stray dog by the side of the road—whom they end up adopting as well. Roberts aptly weaves the important work of the Humane Society into a sweet, engaging story. Young readers will relate to Mr. Fuzzy Ears’ quest and rejoice when he finally finds friends. The author’s realistic, painted illustrations offer lovely details, such as wispy tufts of fur and soulful, emotive eyes. Some also offer additional subtext, such as an image of a smartphone and a “Found Puppy!!” sign amid text about a search for Teddy’s owners.
A beautifully illustrated, informative tale with a plucky, likable protagonist.