These eye-catching design features should appeal to young readers, though the story is on the underdeveloped side.

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PUPPY IS LOST

Max has lost Puppy; Puppy has lost Max.

One day, Max finds Puppy gone from her cute house in the backyard. He calls her loudly to supper, but Puppy doesn't come. Puppy, meanwhile, barely realizes that she has wandered away. While Puppy roams without direction for Max, Max looks everywhere as well in search of her. He loses his appetite, can't sleep and has a scary dream. The next day, he puts up countless "Lost Dog" posters. Puppy doesn't stop walking either, mostly in circles. Max blankets the city with posters but has no luck. His friend Lucy comes to help, and they go to the park, but none of the dogs there are lost. Max decides to go to the last place he saw Puppy and just wait there. Luckily, Puppy has the same idea, albeit fuzzier. They recognize each other from a great distance and rush to be reunited. Licking ensues, and all is back to normal. Woods' very colorful illustrations have the look of collage, with child-friendly shapes fashioned into buildings, cars and even people, who have perfectly round, oversized heads. Type appears in a variety of styles, sizes and colors.

These eye-catching design features should appeal to young readers, though the story is on the underdeveloped side.    (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-60905-089-4

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Blue Apple

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles.

THE DINKY DONKEY

Even more alliterative hanky-panky from the creators of The Wonky Donkey (2010).

Operating on the principle (valid, here) that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Smith and Cowley give their wildly popular Wonky Donkey a daughter—who, being “cute and small,” was a “dinky donkey”; having “beautiful long eyelashes” she was in consequence a “blinky dinky donkey”; and so on…and on…and on until the cumulative chorus sails past silly and ludicrous to irresistibly hysterical: “She was a stinky funky plinky-plonky winky-tinky,” etc. The repeating “Hee Haw!” chorus hardly suggests what any audience’s escalating response will be. In the illustrations the daughter sports her parent’s big, shiny eyes and winsome grin while posing in a multicolored mohawk next to a rustic boombox (“She was a punky blinky”), painting her hooves pink, crossing her rear legs to signal a need to pee (“winky-tinky inky-pinky”), demonstrating her smelliness with the help of a histrionic hummingbird, and finally cozying up to her proud, evidently single parent (there’s no sign of another) for a closing cuddle.

Should be packaged with an oxygen supply, as it will incontestably elicit uncontrollable gales of giggles. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-60083-4

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection.

DADDIES ARE AWESOME

Puppies celebrate the many ways their dads are awesome.

“Daddies are playful. / They swing you around. // You ride on their shoulders / or hang upside down.” The first spread pictures a scruffy pup, mouth clamped on its dad’s tail, hanging. The second features a long dachshund, his four pups using the large expanse of his back as a jungle gym or resting spot. The husky dad is labeled as daring, brave, and strong, while the hound takes his pup on adventures (digging and hiding under a bush). Other dog dads give kisses and tickles, tell bedtime stories and help count sheep (a stuffed toy), and help their pups grow (challenging them with stairs and carrying them when the going gets tough). Lovšin creatively interprets some of the text that applies well to kids but not so well to canines: dad and pup at each end of a long stick held in their mouths is the dog equivalent of holding hands. Though many dog breeds will be familiar, some are just mutts, though all are shown caring for and enjoying the company of their offspring. White backgrounds keep the focus on the dogs.

Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 17, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-62779-452-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2016

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