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Good Boy, Fergus!

Good Boy, Fergus!

Spring 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 1 - 5 yrs.
Author: David Shannon
Illustrator: David Shannon
ISBN: 0-439-49027-8
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Review:
David Shannon’s signature minimalist text and wildly expressive illustrations once again coalesce into a delicious romp. This time, the hero is a West Highland Terrier name Fergus who has had cameos in Shannon’s earlier books and who has now earned a volume of his own. Clearly he deserves it. And clearly, Shannon knows whereof he writes, and draws whereof he knows. Humans mostly appear in bits and pieces—a hand here, some feet there—and as a running voice-over: “Ready...set...Cat!” Fans of No, David! will welcome Fergus with open arms and belly laughs.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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