For Zara’s dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with his favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.
Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed at school and Moose has to go back home.
Moose can’t be held back for long. Through a series of escalating
escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back to Zara, and with a
little bit of training and one great idea, the two friends find a way to
be together all day long.
Kirkus: Gianferrari’s dog’s-eye
metaphors for loneliness and Barton’s expressive, energetic mixed-media
illustrations highlight Moose’s affection and the joy she brings to others. An
author’s note provides a brief description of therapy dogs as well as two websites
for further information.Young children and their dogs will enjoy this cheery tale.
Booklist starred review: What could be better than a book about a dog who loves books and hates goodbyes?... Gianferrari’s choice of language fits this
determined dog who views goodbye as “an itch that couldn’t be scratched”
or “tug without war, hide without seek.” And how welcome that Zara’s
wheelchair is portrayed only in the illustrations, presented as just
another facet of her life....an author’s note further discusses therapy dogs
and the role they can play in the classroom, and may prompt young
readers to learn more.
Shelf Awareness starred review:Author Maria Gianferrari and artist Patrice Barton are clearly dog
people; both highlight canine family members in their back flap bios.
That pooch-love is evident throughout: Gianferrari's clever text
perfectly embodies Moose's mournful "AAAA-WOOO"s over "Goodbye was tag
without an 'It.'/ Goodbye was tug and no war./ Goodbye was hide without
seek," while Barton's whimsically energetic drawings showcase Moose's
delighted devotion to Zara, her mischievous plotting toward her next
hello and her rapt attention to reading.
As mirthful and
charming as the story is, even more notable is the easy diversity
playing out on every page. Zara's mobility is enabled by her wheelchair;
Mom is African American; and the students and adults-in-charge
represent multiple ethnicities. Effortlessly inclusive, Gianferrari and
Barton's creative Hello Goodbye Dog becomes an inviting mirror or window for any child, welcoming every reader in.
SLJ June 2017 Popular Pick: Sweet, skillfully rendered illustrations are clear, convey Moose’s
worldview, and depict a diverse group of people. Even the dog’s
expressions—forlorn when she is trapped behind the screen door, sheepish
when she resists an order, triumphant when she finds her human
again—are instantly recognizable and contribute to the impact of the
story. VERDICT A welcome addition to any school or public library serving preschool and early elementary-age children.
Hello Goodbye Dog is a Maine Chickadee Award Nominee, and a New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominee.