Peanut by Linas Alsenas.
Mildred is lonely until one day she finds a stray digging in the garbage. She tries to give him bones, take him to the dog park, and other things you would do for a dog, but Peanut is different than other dogs. But Mildred loves him anyway, despite his differences. When a man from the circus comes to take his lost elephant back from Mildred, she is left alone again. Until she finds a lost… kitten.
Alsenas’ tone in the text is perfectly pitched, allowing readers and listeners simply ride the gag of the book along to the end. The art is equally successful, not over-the-top funny but allowing the joke of the book to really shine through.
Preschoolers adore books where they immediately get the joke and this is one of those. Read it deadpan and sincerely and you will add to their glee. Recommended to share with a group of preschoolers, age 4-6.