From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—Tinka, a golden retriever, is "a joy dog,/a boy's dog,/a chews-a-brand-new-toy dog." She loves her boy and doesn't like being left at home when he boards a bus on a fall morning. When Mom isn't looking, the "spring-and-sprint-and-streak dog" races to school, runs through the halls causing mayhem, and ends up finding her boy in his classroom. Although she makes the teacher unhappy by messing up the room, the students are delighted by Tinka's presence and find that the pup loves a read-aloud. In the end, she's "a please-come-every-day dog." Bowers's vivid acrylic illustrations are full of expression, from the pup peeking through a screen door while waiting to make her move to the smiling children and teacher waving good-bye at the end of the day. Youngsters will like learning with each turn of the page just what makes this dog so special.—Adrienne Wilson, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Monroe, CT
About the Author
Author Deborah Heiligman is the author of a number of highly praised nonfiction children’s books, including High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy
(named a Top Ten JFK Pick by BookSense). She and her husband live and write in New York City.
Illustrator Tim Bowers has illustrated more than twenty children’s books, many of them about dogs. Among his most popular titles are the Little Whistle
books by Cynthia Rylant and Sometimes I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles
by Laura Numeroff. Tim and his family live in Granville, Ohio.