FICTION

One Hundred Sausages

illus. by Yuval Zommer. 40p. Candlewick/Templar. May 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763692971.
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PreS-Gr 2—Zommer follows up One Hundred Bones with another title about Scruff the dog. This time, Scruff, who is wild about wieners ("teeny ones, spicy ones, big fat juicy ones, curly ones, stinky ones, and even veggie ones!"), becomes the prime suspect when all of the sausages at the local butcher's shop, the Saucy Sausage, go missing. Scruff knows he's innocent, and he and his pals set out to discover the true culprit. With short and sweet text—just a few sentences per page—and entertainingly exaggerated images, this is a great choice for storytime. The straightforward narrative has few surprises, but the language has a bouncy, energetic quality that will keep youngsters giggling. The digitally created images evoke the look of smudgy watercolors. Like the text, the illustrations are quirky, from a hilarious spread of Scruff dreaming of various types of sausages to spot art of the dogs thinking up inventive ways to catch the crook.
VERDICT Purchase this title for a doggone good read-aloud and where One Hundred Bones is popular.

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