Beau is a towheaded toddler who naps every day with his puppy, an attractive German shepherd–Shar-Pei mix.
Shyba documented this touching friendship on her popular parenting blog with irresistible daily photographs of the pair enjoying their joint naps in a variety of intertwined positions, and her photos received wide media attention. She uses some of these photos to create a simple, accessible narrative of the canine-toddler friendship. The double-page spreads display a wide variety of clothing for the little boy and slumbering postures for both child and dog, all seeming very natural and nonposed. The photographs and extremely short text should appeal to a wide age group beyond preschoolers getting ready for their own naps, including babies, new readers and children with special needs. Endpapers show more views of the napping duo, and a poster with more photos (not seen) is also included with the book. An author’s note explains how the family adopted Theo from a shelter and how the joint napping tradition evolved.
Though the book is likely to be a flash in the marketing pan, it’s an attractive one. (Picture book. 1-7)