Doggo and Pupper Save the World

­Feiwel & Friends. (Doggo and Pupper: Bk. 2). Mar. 2022. 96p. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781250621009.
Gr 1-3–Applegate’s second tale about two canine friends offers early readers another entertaining story about being kind to others. Upon observing a bird, Pupper voices his longing to fly; he likes to picture himself as a superhero in a red suit with yellow boots and flowing cape. One day, a baby bird flies from a nest, leaving its sibling alone. Doggo assures Pupper the fledgling “will fly when he is ready.” The two dogs make plans to attend a music concert at the park, but when they arrive, they discover the second baby bird hiding under a bush. Pupper insists they stay close to make sure the fledgling is safe until its mother arrives; they miss the concert, but perform a good deed. Alder’s humorous illustrations, created from a mix of collage and digital techniques, include Doggo lying on a bench with his legs crossed at the ankles; Cat snacking on Goldfish crackers; and Doggo’s ability to use the TV remote control and willingness to teach Pupper to play the drums. The book concludes with “Pupper’s Guide to Being a Hero,” which lists 10 codes of conduct, including “Be helpful,” “Imagine how others feel,” and “Listen well.” Pupper learns that while giving assistance to those in need may not always look flashy, it can still make one feel like a superhero.
VERDICT A number of attractive features, including cartoon illustrations, seven short chapters, numbered pages, and being part of a series will entice early readers. A first purchase for libraries.

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