Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dog in charge by K.L. Going; illustrated by Dan Santat

Dog is smart and can do lots of tricks and loves his family – and when his family leaves him in charge of the house while they go to the store he is sure it will be an easy job to keep the five cats in line.  Maybe Dog shouldn’t have been so certain, because as soon as the family is gone the cats get into all sorts of mischief and leave him with lots to clean up.  But will Dog be able to clean up before the family comes home?

This is a delightful little picture book with colourful illustrations and a simple yet charming storyline.  Dog is a lovely little character, and it is hilarious to see him wearing a little tutu while he dances at the beginning of the story, and the cats are a mixed bunch with individual characteristics that are like so many of the cats I know.  This lovely little book will appeal to older preschoolers who can pick up that the cats have made a mistake and that Dog wants to fix it.  A simple message about taking responsibility for your actions.

If you like this book then try:
  • Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
  • Yip!  Snap!  Yap! by Charles Fuge
  • Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus by Mo Willems
  • Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack by Lynley Dodd
  • Peggy by Anna Walker
  • Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
  • Surfer chick by Kristy Dempsey; illustrated by Henry Cole

Reviewed by Brilla

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