Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates
Dog loves everything about books. He loves their smell, their feel. In fact, he loved them enough to open a bookstore. He worked hard to prepare for the Grand Opening, but when he threw the door open no one was there. Some people do come in, but they aren’t interested in buying books. Dog was all alone with his books. So what’s a Dog to do? Read the books to pass the time! So he doesn’t even notice that he’s alone anymore, but when a real customer is ready to buy a book, he is more than ready.
Yates has created a simple but spirited picture book that captures the love of books perfectly. Her writing is brief and child-friendly, telling a complete tale in just a few words. Her illustrations tell the rest of the story, including the mood of Dog who moves from great exuberance to near despair, his posture along showing his emotions. Nicely, the moments that Dog loses himself in stories are shown in double-page spreads with full backgrounds while the real life moments are shown in rounded illustrations with white space surrounding them. This change again demonstrates the appeal of reading without ever becoming didactic about it.
A simple and cheerful book, this is one to add to your own book pile and share with other book lovers. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Random House.
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