I must preface this review with a WARNing….while in the middle of reading the book you are going to want to get a sketchbook and colored pencils and create (whether you’re an artist or not). Even the cover will inspire your creative side.
Author & Illustrator: Louise Yates
Publisher: Alfred Knopf, 2012
Genre: Picture Book Fiction
Audience Age: 3 & up
Themes/Topics: Drawing & Imagination
Opening Sentences: Dog loved books! He loved books so much that he opened his own bookshop.
Synopsis: Dog receives a blank book as a gift from his aunt. Realizing it is a sketchbook he begins to doodle and draw stick characters that come to life in his sketchbook adventure.
Why I like it: What’s not to like? It’s adorably cute with Dog, and his scribbles of stick people, a duck an owl and a crab. The characters draw their adventure on a train, a boat and an island. It’s action packed as they all grab colored pencils and draw and doodle their way through the fun. After reading this story to my grandgirls I brought out sketchbooks and a huge box of colored pencils. They shrieked with delight and the 2 1/2 year old said, Now we can draw like dog! One little caveat…there is a monster drawn at the end (not terribly menacing) who is restrained when Dog draws a barricaded door….but my 4 year old grandgirl got a little worried. I had to convince her that it was just pretend and explained that it was funny. I drew a monster in her sketch book and then she scribbled him out–which she then thought was hilarious. And moms will appreciate that dog also draws a thank-you card to send to his aunt. The drawings are delightfully simple at the beginning. They become a little more elaborate as the story progresses. They are colorful and more than their eye appeal they make you feel like you can draw an adventure too!
I am now going to get my sketchbook and draw a lovely overstuffed chair with lots of books beside it, a warm afghan, a cappuccino with extra whip cream, and maybe even a dog in my lap (or a cat…).
Blessings and enjoy the book!
Laura (Grandma Miller)