From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—A girl explains all of the reasons that her dog is anything but ordinary: Lyle knows what W-A-L-K spells, howls at sirens, gets sprayed by skunks, eats grass, chases squirrels, and is afraid of thunder and lightning. The snowballing list of characteristics—from snuggly and smart to smooshed-nose and sneaky—builds on each page. The lively text matches perfectly with the vibrant, playful illustrations, done in bold, richly hued acrylics and oils. The expressive paintings of Lyle drinking out of the toilet bowl and running into the glass door will produce laughs and giggles from readers, and the cumulative nature of the narrative will make it a crowd-pleasing read-aloud. Dog lovers will relate to all of the pup's personality traits and will come to love him as much as his owner does.—Rachel Kamin, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center, West Bloomfield, MI
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"My dog Lyle may look like an ordinary dog to some people. But when I was a baby, Lyle was my bed when I napped." So begins a profile of the special and unordinary things about the narrator's pet dog, her best friend. Each spread adds a new descriptor to the litany of characteristics described in previous pages, e.g., "My snuggly, smart, howling, burping dog Lyle gets so thirsty that he drinks out of the toilet. I try to keep the seat down, but sometimes I forget." In the next scene, slurping joins the list of adjectives, 14 in all. The interplay between this cumulative tale and the expressive oil-and-acrylic art works exceptionally well when depicting both dog's and child's personalities. From stinky (skunk encounter) to snuggly (sleeping on the bed together), lovable Lyle is this girl's best buddy. Cummins, Julie