Dave appears to be one lazy dog, but what his unsuspecting owner doesn’t know is that this sleepwalking canine might just save the day.
Lilly’s dog, Dave, loves to sleep. Like, a lot. In the bath (with soap and bubbles), in the laundry, and, of course, in Lilly’s bed. Lilly thinks he’s just plain lazy, but what she doesn’t know is Dave is a sleepwalker. During school hours, Dave is extremely busy: taking walks, winning a dog show, climbing a mountain, and even stopping a thief—all while asleep! This last deed makes him the town hero, and his image is everywhere. Lilly, oblivious to the fact that the dog on television is actually Dave, laments not having a crime-fighting pooch. But all ends well when she says she loves him just as he is. The pencil, paint, and chalk illustrations, done in an early 1970s style, are extremely appealing. As Dave blithely traverses the well-designed pages, there is an ease and freshness to it all. Jarvis’ toothsome, primary palette further conveys a carefree cheer, and readers will want a Dave of their own when they see the floppy-eared pup deliciously sprawled across Lilly’s comforter, his weight and warmth snuggled close.
A delightfully drawn and amusing take on what the pet does when the owner is away. (Picture book. 3-6)