It has been awhile since I wrote about a book the Little One and I got really excited about (probably because we’ve been alternating between Star Wars books, Dr. Seuss books and life cycles of various animal books). But on our recent library run, we found a book that really excited both of us so I wanted to share it with you.
Written by Jessica Swaim
with illustrations by Jill McElmurry
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (August 28, 2007)
So many books have either great writing but so-so illustrations or great illustrations but so-so writing. But The Hound from the Pound has both. I love when an author can pull off an entire book in rhyme that is easy to read, makes sense and doesn’t feel forced. Jessica Swaim does that brilliantly … and with a sense of whimsy that will make you smile.
Then, accompanying the wonderful writing are vibrant, fun illustrations by Jill McElmurry. The illustrations pull you right in and are the perfect accompaniment — and sometimes enhancement — to the text. And I loved the funky look she gave Mary, our heroine who ends up being overrun by dogs. Check out her cool all-black clothing, sandals and painted toenails!
So let’s take more of look at the book, shall we?
But Blue turns out to be the ONLY dog not properly trained…
and he is able to call his buddies from the pound to his new home
with a very loud AH-ROOoooo!
the givers of licks,
the newspaper getters,
the fetchers of sticks,
the mischievous, marvelous mutts
from the pound
burst from their cages
and followed the sound.
a dachshund with eight wienerettes–
two dainty daughters and six sturdy sons,
with wiener-dog faces and wiener-dog buns
was our favorite page as my mom has a dachshund.
(Probably the silliest looking dog ever … and the most high-strung.
But maybe that is just my mom’s dog.)
In the end, Mary and Sam fall in love and get married.
This was my favorite page.
Check out her poodle wedding gown.
And the minister reads from the Book of Dalmatian!
This was a delightfully fun book to read and to look at. I would highly recommend it for any child — whether you like dogs or not! ; )
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