FICTION

One Hundred Bones

illus. by Yuval Zommer. 32p. Candlewick/Templar. Apr. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763681838.
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PreS-Gr 2—Scruff, a homeless dog, finds a home, thanks to his love of digging. While the posh neighborhood dogs and their prissy owners look down on his favorite occupation, Scruff doesn't let that dampen his enthusiasm for "digging and digging." When he finds a pile of bones in the woods and indications there are even more below, he begs the other dogs to help him dig them up. While the dogs are initially reluctant to get dirty, the lure of bones entices them, and together, they unearth 100 bones unlike anything they've ever seen. The five canines bring samples to the Natural History Museum where Professor Dinovsky assembles the bones into the "most ferocious dinosaur ever found." Scruff receives a medal for his efforts and, best of all, his own human friend. The digitally created illustrations offer readers a dog's-eye view of the world. Wonderful canine expressions along with their distinctive coats are in full view, but only human legs and hands are visible. The signature red double-decker bus, the museum facade, the dogs sitting near a lion sculpture in Trafalgar Square, and the appearance of a woman with crowns on purse and coat are evidence the dogs are in London. This book includes a winning combination of dogs and dinosaurs, alliteration such as "Sidney the sausage dog" and "Percy the Pug," and lots of humorous details.
VERDICT This story of a homeless dog who triumphs in the end is a sure winner.

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