Dog Parade

Barbara Joosse, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Harcourt, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-15-206690-1
In Joosse's (Friends [Mostly]) enthusiastic collection of light verse, various dogs introduce themselves as they don costumes for a parade, but it's Yelchin's (Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku) humorous gouache illustrations that provide much of the book's appeal. Each dog tells its own story. A terrier announces, "I'm Tinkles. Gotta pee," while a mutt declares, "I was in the pound, and you found me./ You named me Lovie." Dog aficionados will appreciate the breed-specific traits the dogs possess. Jack the Chihuahua is a toughie ("yipyipyipyipyip.... Lemme at 'em. Lemme at 'em"), while the pug is a Southern belle ("Don'tcha love my smoky eyes—bat bat?"). Each dog's soliloquy is followed, at the turn of the page, with the dog dressed in a generally character-appropriate costume. The Chihuahua is shown in prisoner's stripes with a ball and chain, and the pug wears a pink-ribboned bonnet. The eventual parade, like an artist's portfolio, features a plethora of dogs marching in costume. Plot is beside the point: like an actual parade, the exuberant atmosphere—confetti, balloons, costumes, and all—is the main draw. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/04/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
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