Lost Dog

illus. by Michael Garland. 24p. (I Like to Read). Holiday House. Sept. 2015. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9780823434299; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9780823434305; ebk. $14.95. ISBN 9780823435050. LC 2014044160.
PreS-Gr 1—Pete, the anthropomorphized dog, is off on a car ride to visit Grandma for her birthday. Hoping to bypass the extremely congested roads, Pete takes a detour. Initially venturing toward what appears to be a major city, he finds himself lost on a mountaintop. Pete asks a local bear for assistance and is erroneously pointed away from Grandma's house. He is no closer to his destination and is forced to ask directions from a bird, big cat, walrus, and flock of penguins. Ultimately, a whale carries Pete and his car back to the city, where a police officer helps Pete find Grandma's house and he hand delivers her gift. The pencil and digital artwork is bright and colorful.
VERDICT This slight story is an acceptable addition for larger collections.

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