Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: Dog has created his first picture book, telling the story of how he was living on the streets before being taken to the shelter by caring people. Even though he was warm, dry, and well-fed there, he still wanted a friend, and was delighted when a girl adopted him. She taught him important doggy lessons, like what to chew, where to poo, and how walk on a leash and sit. Now they are good friends, and Dog thinks ahead to a time when he’ll be an old and happy dog, having lived a sweet life filled with happy memories of his friend. Ends with a note from Dog: “I know LOTS of dogs who could use a home and a good friend like you!” 40 pages; ages 3-7.
Pros: Kids will love the adorable and funny Dog, who writes in rhyming text and draws great crayon illustrations showing all aspects of his life (his diagram of where to poo and not to poo inside and outside the house is sure to get some giggles). The ending will tug most heartstrings and will undoubtedly go a long way to accomplishing the author’s intention for readers to adopt a pet. Pair it with Can I Be Your Dog? for a fun dog-tells-the-story.
Cons: Dog starts out addressing the reader (“You”), then when his girl shows up at the shelter, switches over to telling his story to her.