A playful puppy explores a seaside town in this first picture book in a series.
Meggie is a newborn canine who longs to see the world beyond the farm where she plays. One day, she meets a visiting girl named Jan, and they immediately bond. Jan takes Meggie home with her, past the farmland, through the city, and down to “a little harbor town.” Jan lives on a houseboat decorated with seahorse sculptures, and she gives Meggie a rubber duck to play with. Excited, Meggie sniffs at decorative figurines and watches real ducks enjoy the water. She also meets a neighbor girl named Daisy, who shows her around and introduces her to other neighbors. By the end of Meggie’s first day on the houseboat, she’s acclimated to her new life, even sharing kibble with a sea gull. York’s prose has a subtly cheerful tone. Larson’s (A Purrfect Home for Kittens, 2019) color illustrations depict Meggie adorably and often fill in detail about the dog’s surroundings. Text and images work in tandem to create moments of levity; for example, when Meggie arrives, she “tickled a turtle at the Dragon House,” but the illustration shows her playing with a ceramic turtle. Such details will please close readers and visual learners. A final, short poem will help readers understand a houseboat’s intricacies.
A charming tale with some silly surprises.