Friday, July 3, 2009

Two new picture books: one about DOGS, the other about CATS

Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs
by Wendy Wahlman 2009
How Many Cats? by Lauren Thompson 2009

Both of these picture books are great rhyming read-alouds with wonderful, be it very different, artwork.

reads like a fun manual for kids about how to behave around dogs you don't know. Wahlman gives some real, practical advice about what to do and what not to do when first meeting dogs.
Stand still and let dogs come to you
to smell your hand or sniff your shoe.

Wahlman's illustrations are funky, stylized, and colorful. She brings out emotion in the faces of the dogs and the children. And she obviously knows dogs. All the various breeds are easily recognizable.
Cats is a counting book. Goes up to 20 by ones, then back down by clusters; by 5's, 3's, 4's, etc. It starts at the beginning with zero, which most counting books don't do.

How many cats are here to play?
Zero, zilch. None today.

The illustrations, by Robin Eley, who obviously knows his cats, are realistic with a nice variety of breeds.

Both books are well written, beautifully illustrated, and fun to read!

1 comment:

lw said...

I really like your dual reviews. This is a great one.