Every dog can be a good dog, including a little stray pup who falls in love with a child on a bicycle. In it's efforts to meet up with the child, the dog winds through a city bustling with other dogs and owners. In the end, it is the dog's heroic actions that lead it to a new home and family with the child. Good Dog is full of diverse characters and explores the idea of what it means to be "good".
GOOD DOG[STARRED REVIEW!] Author: Cori Doerrfeld Illustrator: Cori Doerrfeld
Review Issue Date: May 15, 2018 Online Publish Date: April 25, 2018 Publisher:Harper/HarperCollins Pages: 40 Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99 Publication Date: August 7, 2018 ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-06-266286-6 Category: Fiction
An appealing black-and-white dog finds a home with a little girl and her parents after rescuing the child's lost teddy bear. A striking cover presents a simple, inviting image of the little dog with a quizzical expression. The story begins on the front endpapers with multiple spot illustrations of the dog looking sad and lonely. The dedication double-page-spread shows the dog observing a little girl and her mom leaving their house for a bike ride, with the child in her own little seat holding her teddy bear. Each page or spread has just two words of text, with a different adjective modifying the word "dog." The pup's struggles and emotions are ingeniously conveyed with this textual device, following the dog through danger, hunger, loneliness, and the brave restoration of the missing bear to the little girl. In a touching conclusion, the hopeful child asks her parents, "My dog?" Teddy bear, girl, and dog are ready to start their new life together on the last spread with a gigantic speech balloon stating, "Good dog." The little girl has brown skin and black hair in cornrows, like her dad, and her mom has light skin. A busy scene at a city park shows a vibrant community with people of different ethnicities and ages, including several with disabilities. Digitally produced illustrations use a muted palette with smudgy edges and heavy, black outlines delineating the characters, complementing a thoughtful, well-paced design. This delightful story will appeal to everyone from younger preschoolers to new readers to dog lovers of any age. (Picture book. 3-8)