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PUPPY IS LOST by Harriet Ziefert


by Harriet Ziefert & illustrated by Noah Woods

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60905-089-4
Publisher: Blue Apple

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)