Good Boy by Sergio Ruzzier

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

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Summary:  It starts out simply enough: “Sit.  Stay. Roll over.” A boy issues commands, and his dog obeys them.  But then the commands get a bit more complex: “Juggle. Cook. Serve.”  Outside, the two get on a bike: “Pedal”. They find a broken-down sailboat: “Fix”.  And finally, they create a rocket ship: “Build” and “Go”. After traveling to another planet, they return home and get ready for bed.  The dog is about to leave the room, when he gets one more command: “Stay”. The last page shows the two snuggled in bed with the caption, “Good boy.”  40 pages; ages 3-6.

Pros:  A nicely illustrated friendship story with a unique approach and an adorable dog.

Cons:  Does the dog ever get tired of being bossed around?

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