A cozy story about a curious pup with a slight identity crisis who runs into a host of characters on his way to reunion with his owner.
A stylish, mature lady has few loves: potatoes, dogs, and walks in the rain. When the lady adopts an adorable little brown dog, she notices that he is “smooth” and “warm” and that she could just “[eat] him right up,” so she combines two of her loves and starts calling him Baked Potato. The pair eat dinner by the fireplace and cuddle up next to each other in bed—they seem to have the perfect arrangement. But one eventful day, the lady steps out, and the dog’s adventure begins. Venturing out in search of the lady, he meets a big, rude dog, a fox, and an owl, all of which assure him he is not a baked potato (though the fox does think he’d be “good with carrots and onions”) and suggest alternatives. The digital illustrations bring a sense of vitality while maintaining adorableness, creating the scenes with firm lines and bright colors. The use of vibrant reds, greens, and blues is striking against the white page and helps amp both excitement and coziness. The lady has brown skin and puffy, dark brown curls.
Children and caregivers alike will enjoy this charming tale about a dog who must find out if he’s a baked potato, a groundhog, or a bunny. (Picture book. 5-8)