Rippin, Sally. Big Dog, Little Dog. Illustrated by Lucinda Gifford. Kane Miller Publishing, 2022. Unpaged. 978-1-684-64383-7. Grades K-3. $17.95.
With a great friend and a lot of attention, Big Dog enjoys a great life with his person. But sometimes the days can be long and lonely. One day while on a walk, Big Dog and his friend meet another person with a little dog. Then things begin to change. Little Dog and her person move in with Big Dog and his person, and Little Dog doesn’t seem to understand how anything works. Big Dog decides Little Dog needs to go, so he begins to sabotage Little Dog to show their people just how annoying Little Dog is. When Big Dog goes too far and is sent outside for the night, Big Dog realizes he and Little Dog may not be so different. Beautiful watercolor illustrations enhance this story of dealing with life’s changes. Children will adore the dogs and root for them to learn to like each other.
THOUGHTS: Big Dog, Little Dog is great for a lesson on how friends can have big differences. Hand this title to a child who is getting a new sibling or going through a change in family situation. Highly recommended for elementary collections. Note: This title originally was published in Australia in 2021.
Encyclopedias for Kids. Abdo. 2021. $27.95 ea. Set of 4 $111.80. Grades 4-8.
Garcia, Merriam. The Cat Encyclopedia for Kids. 978-1-532-19299-9.
—. The Dog Encyclopedia for Kids. 978-1-532-19300-2. Pembroke, Ethan. The Horse Encyclopedia for Kids. 978-1-532-19301-9.
—. The Shark Encyclopedia for Kids. 978-1-532-19302-6.
The reviewer read The Cat Encyclopedia for Kids. This series of encyclopedias provides readers with information on a variety of breeds for cats, dogs, horses, or sharks. Readers will find information on the breed, history, and behaviors of the animal. Each animal title contains bright photographs expressing the breed in a variety of ways and ages in life. These encyclopedias will provide great information to a variety of well loved animals!
THOUGHTS: This encyclopedia is very well done! The information is easy to understand, pages are color coated and appealing to the eye, and the photographs are large, clear, and able to provide a lot of insight to the breed it shows!
Cole, Lo. We Want a Dog. Sourcebooks. 2021. 978-1-7282-3817-3. $17.99. Grades K-2,
There are so many different types of dogs! Long dogs and short dogs, skinny dogs and fat dogs! There are even dogs who are sneaks, thieves, and ones who may pee on Christmas trees! There are so many different dogs to choose from, how can one decide? Maybe one needs a dog that begs, one that sheds, or one who may rip things up INTO shreds? When there are so many dogs to choose from, perhaps you decide that you do not want any of them. In fact, you may decide that you want a cat!
THOUGHTS: This book is full of adorable dogs that are all different and special! This book is sure to make young readers laugh in delight at the silly dogs, all the while enjoying the flowing rhythm and rhyme this book contains.