A humorous story about a lovable, troublemaking puppy.
Flash is an energetic, rambunctious
puppy whose thirst for fun means this playful pup’s choices often put him in
the doghouse. Paul’s delightfully expressive pencil-and-watercolor illustrations
keep the pace moving forward, with Flash often romping about all over the
spread. Flash’s antics will elicit smiles from readers as he harasses the
family cat, wreaks havoc with a stick, digs up the garden, and destroys shoes
and clothes—all with a joyous grin. His capers are recounted in a rhyme and
rhythm that both works and begs to be read aloud. The refrain, “Bad dog,
Flash,” will have readers joining in. Paul’s used of varied perspectives
ensures that Flash’s typical misbehaving-dog shenanigans are never anything but
entertaining. The many reprimands the adorably confused Flash receives
culminate in a despondent dog, but he is saved from gloom and despair by his
human, who loves him even when he is disobedient. Paul scores extra comedic
points with the cat, who is always pleased to see Flash get in trouble.
This No, David! with a canine protagonist should appeal to a broad audience, whether dog lovers or not. (Picture book. 3-5)