4 out of 4 stars
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Open the cover of A Big Day for a Little Dog and you will find a delightful story about a joyful puppy named Meggie. It was written by Susan York and illustrated by Valery Larson. Meggie loved frolicking in the yard with her siblings, but she wished she could fly through the air like the butterflies and see the world. A friendly woman named Jan adopted Meggie and took her on a long drive to the marina where she lived in a houseboat community. Meggie’s journey to Jan’s home allowed her to see the world and meet new characters along the bay.
This is one of the most enjoyable children’s storybooks I have read in a long while. The story was captivating because Meggie was written with likable traits. Firstly, she was born without a tail which made her receive special attention from her Mama. This trait made her rather cute because instead of wagging a tail, she wiggled her bum. Secondly, she was portrayed as a curious character who liked interacting with other critters like squirrels, bees, and butterflies.
However, what I liked the most was the setting. I have never heard about people living on houseboats so this book educated me on this exclusive seaside community. In the story, people’s houseboats had really fun names like ‘Mermaid House’, and ‘Dragon House’. The residents grew fruits and flowers in pots along the dock. I also noticed there were animal figurines made of stone in nearly all of the drawings which portrayed the houseboats. These small details made the community feel distinctively unique. The author also included a poem at the end of the story about life on a houseboat. I really appreciated this.
Valery Larson’s illustrations perfectly captured the story. I loved the detailed touches she included in the pictures. For example, I spotted signs on some of the houseboats such as ‘Eye on the Sky’ and ‘Alien Life Form Research’. The oceanic theme was also apparent. I noticed a drawing of a seagull nesting on the roof of a houseboat. Pelicans and shells were featured, as well as small mermaid designs. I enjoyed looking at the artwork in this story. I think that every page will spark a conversation among young readers.
There was nothing I disliked about the book. I’m rating A Big Day for a Little Dog 4 out of 4 stars for its likable main character, its captivating storyline, its unique setting, and its fascinating illustrations. The book was professionally edited as I didn’t spot a single error. Youngsters aged 3-7 will love this story. Apart from entertaining them, it will teach them about caring for pet dogs and introduce them to life on a houseboat. Parents and older folks will probably enjoy this book too!
A Big Day for a Little Dog
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