In his second outing, Bailey, the totally typical early-elementary student who just happens to be a spotted dog, enjoys a field trip and finds a new friend.
Bliss doesn’t break new ground in this low-key adventure, but his sly humor and smooth writing style make it an utterly enjoyable outing. Bailey eagerly anticipates the school trip and has no trouble finding a partner; following the rules, however, is more challenging. Whether taking a detour to drink from the decorative fountain, napping in a teepee or scampering up a dinosaur’s skeleton to gnaw on a bone, Bailey goes (mildly) rogue in most amusing fashion. The latter excursion brings him a new buddy—the museum guard who cheerfully ensures that none of his escapades end unpleasantly. One key to Bailey’s charm is Bliss’ utterly deadpan humor. Though Bailey's behavior is decidedly canine, none of the humans suggest by word or deed that having a dog in class is anything out of the ordinary. Clever visual jokes enhance the appeal. Bailey’s partner, an obviously enthusiastic reader, has two books on the seat beside her: A Book, by Author, and Another Book, by Different Author; a classmate peruses The New Yorkshire.
Readers who’ve already met the endearing Bailey will be glad to see he’s back and look forward to further exploits; new acquaintances will surely search for his well-received debut. (Picture book. 4-8)