Two easily morphs into three for a dog, his person, and her new person.
Marcel, a French bulldog, is a true downtown New Yorker. He and his white female human walk on Hudson Street and through Washington Square Park. They shop in Ruff and Sons (aka Russ and Daughters—a famous bagel and lox emporium). Uptown? Why bother, reasons Marcel, unless it is to go to the American Museum of Natural History with all its “scrumptious bones.” But something is going on as his human jogs in Central Park and keeps running into the same man. A romance blossoms. Jealousy quickly disappears for Marcel as they all visit that wonderful museum filled not only with bones, but also lions, elephants, and penguins. A new parent is a difficult adjustment for a child, and viewing it through the lens of an easily distracted and easily pleased dog is a bit facile. Akaltun’s pastel-hued collage illustrations in shades of orange, yellow, and blue against white pages will be of greater interest to those adults who will recognize New York City landmarks and be mildly amused by images of takeout coffee cups, familiar street scenes, and a gleaming diamond ring. Child appeal is questionable, however.
These walks through Manhattan will more likely strike a chord with adults than children, despite a canine narrator. (Picture book. 3-6)