Rating: 3.5 stars
Ben and I just read this book. I think we said "dogs" one too many times, because my doggone dog Guidry came over and joined us. Guidry is just as much a character as the full-of-life dogs on the pages of these books. Leave it to David Catrow to give us ten different dogs, each one hilariously unique in their own way. He is so talented!
But it's a winning combination, really, because Karen Beaumont is an author who is good to have in your pocket if you go to the library without a clue (an overwhelming thing, definitely). Her books are always great, silly rhymes--Baby Danced the Polka is my favorite but there are a bunch of good ones. And Catrow has a zany way about him that makes characters--human or animal--jump off the page and into your imagination.
|Doggone Guidry. He's either hyper or asleep.|
When considering a book to review, I usually choose one that offers a good message or ties into what we are doing in our lives. But sometimes there's a reason to read and review a book that is just entertaining. That's it, and that's all. (Right now my husband and I are in debate: are more violent superhero books okay for Ben? I think that they're not, and he thinks that ANY book is okay. The jury is still out on this one...actually, wouldn't a jury be helpful in a marriage? There'd be no person who was right or wrong...oh I am totally getting off track here...)
Anyway, this book IS highly entertaining, with it's slobbering canines romping like crazy through the park, hardly able to see where they are going with fur in their faces, eyes shut with glee, or inability to focus on anything but flowers to pee on. The word "delightful" is surely overused in the kidlit review world, but that is what this book is: doggone delightful.