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I RUFF YOU by Sandra Magsamen


by Sandra Magsamen, illustrated by Sandra Magsamen

Age Range: 1 - 3

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-316-07005-8
Publisher: LB Kids/Little, Brown

Man's best friend expresses unrestrained adoration for its puppy.

This ode to affection relies on familiar phrases to depict the heartfelt relationship between parent and pup, substituting "ruff" for the feeling abundantly expressed. “I ruff your precious ears / and your sweet little nose. / I ruff your little fingers and teeny-tiny toes.” Alone until the final spread, the little dog receives a gentle nuzzle in a joyous reunion. “I will always and forever / ruff you, you YOU!” Varied solid backgrounds and occasional colored, faux-sewn type emphasize the powerful emotion. The pooch's slight smile remains constant. Dashed lines outline the dog's extremities, including the oval-shaped patch over the eye and a heart-shaped nose. Not visible on the page, the ears extend above the physical book as furry, bendable fabric, allowing easy manipulation for small hands.

Beyond puppy love, these sweet rhymes convey the full extent of acceptance. (Board book. 1-3)