From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–Tilly Trumble loves four-legged, scruffy old things–chairs in particular. She makes the rounds of yard sales, flea markets, and swap meets looking for just the right one to go in front of her fireplace. One day another type of scruffy old thing comes to her porch: a dog. Tilly tries hard to resist loving him, but readers know that, in the end, the something else that the woman needs to sit in front of her fire is the pooch. The descriptive language is creative, and the bold, exuberant acrylic illustrations are filled with electric shades of green and purple. The double-page image of Tilly hugging the dog is especially wonderful, as they both smile broadly. Even with its predictable ending (or maybe because of it), this is a satisfying story of two unique individuals finding one another.–Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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K-Gr. 2. Old Tilly Trumble scours flea markets, swap meets, and garage sales for chairs. She just loves them--lumpy, flowered, broken-down, "holding out their arms, inviting her to cozy up in their laps." The neighbors tease her about her four-legged finds, but Tilly is happy, except for one thing: she can't find the right chair for a special space by the fire. After a scruffy old dog appears on her porch and decides to stay, Tilly finds her affection for four-legged things unexpectedly broadened, and also gets a new furry friend, just right for that fireside space. The vividly hued acrylic illustrations, heightened by neon accents, are expressive and animated, incorporating numerous playful details and perspectives. Although the descriptive, lively prose can be hard to read against the vibrantly colored, textured pages, it still conveys Tilly's whimsical lifestyle and her growing fondness for her canine companion. A touching story of finding comfort when one least expects it. Shelle RosenfeldCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved