Photographs of dogs accompany descriptions of their actions, moods, and appearance.
This board book reads like a coffee-table book of dog portraits for babies and toddlers. Each page features another gorgeous photograph of an adorable dog with a short descriptor: “spotted dog,” “dirty dog,” and “shy dog,” to name a few. The photographs truly stand out, as the dog itself is shown against either a distance-dappled natural background or a starkly contrasting color without any other images or distractions. Readers won’t be able to help but grin right back at the contagious smile of “happy dog” or the little furball that is “fluffy dog.” While by and large the photographs do accurately depict the text, the character descriptions could be confusing for the intended audience of young readers. For example, the “curious dog,” despite its cocked head, appears sad with droopy jowls and sorrowful eyes. The “shy dog” could equally be interpreted as feeling blue. The companion board book Cats & Dogs features the same gorgeous, “aww”-inducing photography with similar short descriptors. While there isn’t much difference in the cat-and-dog relationships featured on the “silly friends” and “happy friends” pages, the unbelievably adorable kitten and puppy on “tiny friends” certainly make up for it.
Not much by way of text, but the high-appeal photographs and downright cuteness of the dogs make this entertaining overall. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)