Truth or Lie: Dogs!

Random. (Step into Reading). Aug. 2022. 48p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780593429112; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780593429105.
K-Gr 3–Using a winning combination of photographs and illustrations of puppies and dogs, this nonfiction transitional book pulls readers into a game of “Truth or Lie.” Age-appropriate fun facts, with a bit of history and geography thrown in, will keep readers interested throughout. There are 10 sets of four statements for readers to dig into in order to distinguish the truths from the lie. For example, did you know that the Norwegian lundehund has six toes on each foot? That’s a truth. Would you believe that one of the ways dogs cool down is by sweating through their paws? That’s true, too! Back matter includes a list of other titles and websites to visit for those interested in reading and researching further about dogs. As they have done with their other works of fiction, the well-known author/illustrator pair of Perl and Slack have created a nonfiction title with great appeal for readers at this level.
VERDICT It’s hard to go wrong when presenting young readers a book about dogs. Those looking to enhance their collection of nonfiction, science-based transitional readers will “sniff out” a great addition with this title.

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