Doggo and Pupper by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charlie Alder

Published by Feiwel and Friends Doggo and Pupper (Doggo and Pupper, 1) (9781250620972):  Applegate, Katherine, Alder, Charlie: Books
Doggo and Pupper | Katherine Applegate | Macmillan

Summary:  Every night, Cat asks Doggo how his day was, and he responds, “Same old, same old.  Could have been worse.”  His comfortable routine is interrupted one day when Pupper arrives.  Pupper is full of mischief and has millions of questions.  When the humans decide to send Pupper to charm school, Doggo is relieved.  But school changes Pupper, and one night Doggo finds himself missing the old Pupper.  A sleepy human hands over the car keys, and the two dogs head off on a memorable road trip.  The final page lists Doggo’s guide to puppies, which includes “Puppies need lots of play.”  96 pages; ages 3-7.

Pros:  Beginning readers will have fun with this first chapter book that features funny illustration (that cover is irresistible!) and only a brief sentence or two of text on each page.  It’s called book 1, so we can hope there will be more Doggo and Pupper adventures ahead.

Cons:  Cat seems like a fun character who deserves a bit more time onstage.

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