From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4—It's time for dog brothers Cooper, Hooper, and Zoomer to get ready for school, but Zoomer doesn't intend to go today. He's busy doing a variety of ridiculous things: blowing the world's largest bubble, making a giant sand brontosaurus, building a dog-food castle, and more. Dad does his best to corral Zoomer and his brothers through their morning routine, but in the end, the pup is right when he claims that he is staying home. It turns out to be Saturday. Bright, fun illustrations detailing Zoomer's ambitious undertakings are the highlight of the book. A choppy story line and a narrative that lacks transitions between one event and the next create an overall feeling of disconnect, causing this attempt at humorous exaggeration to be more confusing than funny.—Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI
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Zoomer looks to be a beagle, but from the front cover, which shows him pouring bubble bath into a backyard inflatable pool, it’s clear he has some very human abilities. In Young’s lively picture-book debut, Zoomer’s dad and two brothers try to get him ready for school. But he has other plans, starting with jumping on his bed and acting like a superhero called “Power Puppy.” He then proceeds to blow bubbles out of a tuba, build a castle out of dog food, and create a brontosaurus out of sand. Young’s illustrations are bright and detailed, with an appealing retro feel. He throws in plenty of whimsical asides (like the bird bowling happening on a limb outside the window), but it’s Zoomer’s imagination and resourcefulness that are the focus. When it turns out that it’s Saturday—not a school day at all—young readers will cheer on Zoomer even more. The last picture shows Zoomer and his family enjoying a day off courtesy of a colossal slide that ends in their backyard pool. Grades K-2. --Abby Nolan