Ozzie’s the best artist in class and is sure he's going to win the art contest. He isn’t afraid of a little hard work and when it comes to drawing goats, he’s an expert. This is a sure thing, right? Right? Paying attention to instructions can make all the difference. It's also good to enjoy what you're doing, because you're just not going to win every time.
School Library Journal, July 2013
In Miss Cattywhompus’s class of critters, Ozzie, a slightly day-dreamy dog, considers himself the art expert. When the big art contest rolls around, he figures he’s a cinch for the win. Then the top prizes are announced, and he discovers to his horror that the subject of the competition was a boat and not the goat he drew. His teacher reminds him that winning isn’t everything and that paying attention to instructions is its own reward. Then, just like the ever-energetic blue heeler he is, Ozzie figures out a way to make his goat picture a boat after all. While not distinguished, the bright and bouncy watercolor-and-ink illustrations portray a busy classroom and a teacher who lovingly oversees the chaos. The lessons of learning to deal with losing and the importance of listening are gently given. Ozzie’s dogged persistence will find a ready audience and resonate with children who often rush in without thinking.–Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI