Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


1999 Picture Books
Ages: 4 & Up
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Neal Layton
ISBN: 0-385-32677-7
Hardcover Price: $14.95
In this topsy-turvy picture book, the narrator is a good-natured garrulous dog who has a pet human being--small girl variety--named Rover. ("She has very weak claws. Her coat only covers her head.") Seeing the world through canine eyes both tickles the funnybone and broadens the listener's perspective. The shaggy dog's story even has suspense: he loses his pet human being at the beach. The book's large format and sunny cartoons by Neal Layton add to the tongue-in-cheek fun. Rover is likely to be a well-thumbed favorite.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1999 Parents' Choice

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