A Dog Named Doug

illus. by Matt Myers. 40p. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Jun. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442449312. POP
PreS-Gr 1—Doug, the pup with a big goofy doggy grin, loves to dig. He digs for miles and miles in all directions. He makes big holes. He finds all sorts of treasures. He digs his way into the White House and far off lands. Frustrated, Doug's family scolds him and puts him in the doghouse, where he digs into the house and crawls into bed with his family. Acrylic-and—oil paint illustrations in bright colors with cartoonlike characters complement the variety of ways that Doug explores his obsession. Scenes of underground tunnels studded with whimsical details abound. Illustrations depicting Doug's head popping up aboveground in new lands offers the opportunity for conversational prompts. Just the right amount of text, sometimes standard typeset and sometimes a creative part of the illustrations make Doug's adventures immersive. Additionally, the prose contains both tongue-twisty alliterations and cleverly written rhymes.
VERDICT As a picture book simply about a dog who digs, there is much for readers to see, hear, and take delight in, including an ending with an imaginative twist. All of these elements make this book a standout among goofy dog picture books.

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