The Writer

Eerdmans. Mar. 2022. 36p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802855855.
PreS-Gr 1–This book takes a wry look at work from home and the need for companionship from a pet’s point of view. An unnamed French bulldog doesn’t understand his human’s behavior. Why would anyone want to “tic-tic-tic” on a computer all day long, sometimes forgetting the basics such as food and exercise? Good thing the little Frenchie is around to nudge the writer in the proper direction—say, to the park to find a companion. Depicted in a muted palette, the drawings highlight the size difference between the human and their small pet, with people often appearing out of frame or slightly oversize for their surroundings. There is not a lot of action in this title, but readers will know that the little dog cares for its human.
VERDICT While this is not an essential purchase, it may suit the shelf with titles on the pandemic; it does touch on some of the needs of those still working from home, from a more childlike point of view.

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