A huge dog named Pete gets really lost on the way to Grandma’s house for a birthday celebration.
The story opens with Pete wrapping a box in flowered paper and making a birthday card. He sets off in his yellow car with the present, a bouquet of flowers, and his suitcase, on his way to Grandma’s house on Mutt Street. But when Pete gets off the crowded freeway, he quickly gets lost and finds himself in a forest. He asks for directions, and a different animal answers on each spread, using a simple, repeated format that will easily be followed both by emergent readers and by toddlers just getting used to comprehending stories with a plot. The environments change with each new animal, taking Pete around the world on his journey to Grandma’s; a whale finally gives Pete and his car a lift back to reality. A German shepherd police officer tells Pete he’s already on Mutt Street, leading to a wordless final spread with Grandma opening her gift, a ribbon-wrapped bone. Digitally produced illustrations create a dreamy, imaginative world in which a bear can drive a car and a jaguar can read a book in a rain forest.
A delightful story with wide appeal beyond the early-reader designation. (Early reader/picture book. 2-8)