Mommy, Baby, and Me

illus. by Ged Adamson. 32p. Peter Pauper. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781441322388.
PreS-Gr 2—In this adorable first-person narrative told by the family dog, readers learn about the loving, cherished relationship the pup had with his owner, aka Mommy. Together, they went for walks, cuddled, groomed, and spent a lot of time together—until Mommy met Daddy. Things changed fast: "They cuddled. A lot. And I got my very own bed." Things changed even faster when Mommy's lap got smaller and smaller, and her pregnancy moved further along. Soon, it became Mommy and Baby who would cuddle, groom, and sing together, and the pooch quickly feels displaced: "Things were starting to be not so nice." However, as Baby grows and starts to crawl, the dog realizes how Baby is as much as a gift for him as she is for her parents. Generous white space accompanies the humorous, detailed pencil-and-watercolor cartoon illustrations; the artwork seamlessly captures and complements this sweet tale.
VERDICT With expressive illustrations and a narrative told from the canine's point of view, this book has plenty of read-aloud appeal. A worthwhile addition to picture book collections.

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