A stubborn basset hound plunks down in the middle of a street and refuses to budge until a clap of thunder sends him running toward home.
Rhyming couplets tell the tale of this obstinate pooch, who is out walking with his owner, a young woman with pale skin and dark hair. Other characters include people with varied racial presentations. The dog, called Hound in the story, decides to lie down in a crosswalk right in front of a car, and he will not be moved. Hound rolls on his back, scratches, and even takes a little nap as traffic stops, horns honk, and his owner grows increasingly frustrated. A flash of lightning and accompanying thunderclap abruptly change the plot trajectory, and Hound races home with the owner trailing behind. The humorous, brief text offers clever rhymes with just a few words in each line and plenty of action and melodrama to advance the simple but effective story: “Splashing feet / pound the street.” Bold, cartoon-style illustrations give Hound plenty of personality, with amusing expressions and funny eyeball effects. Hound’s humorous tale will work for canine-themed storytimes as well as give a boost to new or struggling readers.
This funny hound should stick around. (Picture book. 3-7)