FICTION

Two Brothers, One Tail

Philomel. Aug. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524740856.
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PreS-Gr 1–Two creatures do not need to be exactly alike in order to be best friends. A boy and his dog do everything together, and spend time counting the body parts they share and the ones they do not. While they both have ears and they both have eyes, only one has a tail and a snout. And only the other has hands and hair. Despite their differences, it is their similarities that shine, creating a bond of love and devotion that lasts through each day and into a lifetime. Dog lovers of all kinds will appreciate the unabashed affection portrayed by the two characters throughout this book. Delightfully simple illustrations depict the many adventures these two friends share, using a limited color palette to bring their world to life. The images are the primary focus of each page, as the text is limited in order to be accessible to very young readers. Short rhyming sentences carry the book, with each line being no longer than five words. Young children who are just learning to count will appreciate the opportunity to count along with the numbers described by the pictures, although not every illustration presents this opportunity.
VERDICT Share this enjoyable read-aloud with preschool audiences, who will appreciate the repetition and rhyming that form the foundation of the text and the large, glossy illustrations on each page.

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