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BULLDOG'S BIG DAY by Kate McMullan


by Kate McMullan & illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-545-17155-7
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic

Bulldog’s quest for the perfect job leads readers on an amusing jaunt through a bustling town as he tries on the jobs of firefighter, window washer, sign painter and bookseller. Luckily, the bulldog cookies he baked help to pave over the mess he makes of each of them. Giraffe, Spider, Moose and Elephant are all very understanding about the mishaps—a ladder through the roof of the firehouse, a case of acrophobia, a mistimed sneeze and the undeniable urge to read a great book rather than shelve it—but at the end of the day, Bulldog is still without a job. Or is he? Even a quick perusal will put readers in mind of another famously busy town, with its small paragraphs of text surrounding illustrated vignettes. Richard Scarry–esque in style and animal population, Lemaitre’s pen, ink and digital illustrations are filled with color and detail, though McMullan’s plot is far more linear. This certainly won’t replace Scarry, but it will probably find its way home with some of his loyal fans. (Picture book. 4-7)