Weber’s (We Made Mommy Mashed Potatoes: Two Sides to Every Story, 2011) picture book features Suzie, a blond-haired girl with pigtails, who desperately want to know what a dog’s nose knows.
Suzie is curious about what her dog, Dillon, smells when he’s sniffing “in the air, at home, on the ground, all around.” Suzie wants to sniff too. After all, it seems so interesting to Dillon! But Dad says no. Suzie, however, has a mind of her own, and she proceeds to sniff “the flowers, the grass, the air, a parked car, a stop sign, and a fence,” She decides that “the flowers and grass were nice, but the rest were nothing to write home about,” so at home she begins following Dillon around “to pick up some additional pointers.” It is then, while sniffing the same things a dog sniffs that she gets into trouble. Carter provides energetic, vibrant illustrations, but the text is too wordy for a children’s book, e.g., “She was not impressed up to this point….After the family had finished dinner, Suzie observed Dillon walk up to the chairs where her three brothers were sitting and sniff like crazy.” Some parents may not consider the content of this story appropriate for their young children. In tone, attitude and situation, this book lies outside the conventions of the genre. The punch line of the story places earnest and naïve Suzie in an unseemly position where she experiences a crude encounter with deliberate flatulence, all to the grinning delight of Dad.
An imaginative idea that some may consider vulgar.