My Dog Laughs

illus. by Rachel Isadora. 32p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Aug. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399173851.
OrangeReviewStarPreS-Gr 1—Readers without a puppy will soon be begging for a dog of their own by the conclusion of this enchanting look at pet ownership. Eschewing a standard story line, Isadora instead divides the book into several sections (playtime, training, walks), each with a chorus of children piping up with facts about their pups. "My dog likes to lick!" squeals one little girl, leaning in as her golden retriever gives her a smooch. "Mine too!" adds another, grinning as her French bulldog tickles her bare feet. The children's observations often turn amusingly candid: "My dog farts a lot," one child says. As with I Hear a Pickle, Isadora delightfully showcases everyday pleasures. Relying on expressive, minimalist art and simple prose, she offers a winsome take on a well-trod topic.
VERDICT This charming work deserves a spot in all libraries.

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