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BAD DOG FLASH by Ruth Paul


by Ruth Paul ; illustrated by Ruth Paul

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4926-0153-1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

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)