From Publishers Weekly
Like Marc Brown's Arthur's New Puppy (reviewed below), Schories's picture book deals with a boy whose high-spirited puppy's high jinks lands him in the doghouse. But where Brown plays for comedy, Schories is more introspective. Much of her tale is told through her luminous drawings, which appear as full-spread art and as inset panels housing both an initial and a vignette. The first page, for example, shows a woman opening the door of her rural house and evicting a sad-looking dog. "He's your dog!" begins the text. "If you can't train him better, we're getting rid of him!" The initial "H" is propped before the remains of a once-stylish high-heeled shoe, with which the dog has evidently made merry. The dog's young owner fantasizes a series of escapes, imagining running away with his pet to the farm on the other side of town, to a Southern beach, to an all-night truckstop, etc. Amid the reveries, the puppy approaches, tempted by the boy's dangling shoelace--prompting, at last, an effectively timed lesson in " Never chew shoes! " The message about timing is perhaps too subtly put for the target audience, but the homey view of boy and furry friend will seem hearteningly familiar even to the dogless. Ages 3-7.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-When his mother threatens to get rid of his puppy after it chews up one of her shoes, a little boy decides to run away with the mischievous animal. Where to go, however, becomes the dilemma. He rejects one imaginary scenario after another, because each has a drawback. For instance, life on a beach might be warm and pleasant-until it rains. Each lush, visually enticing spread shows the boy's imaginary new home; there's an interesting placement of child and dog on each double-page painting and in a smaller inset. The story ends with the boy's resolution to train the canine to stop misbehaving, and dog lovers will hope he succeeds. The affection and shared adventure bring this pet story to life and will sustain children's interest.Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
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