Archie

Domenica More Gordon, Author, Domenica More Gordon, Author, Domenica More Gordon, Illustrator, More Gordon, Illustrator
Domenica More Gordon. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-59990-936-3
Reviewed on: 08/27/2012
Release date: 10/16/2012
Paperback - 46 pages - 978-1-4088-2864-9
Hardcover - 48 pages - 978-1-59990-947-9
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Gordon, a Scottish artist whose uncannily lifelike felted dogs have attracted gallery showings and celebrity attention, makes her picture book debut with an all-dog cast and a story about creativity and growing fame. Archie, a well-dressed dog, receives a sewing machine as a gift. He takes to it immediately, creating smart outfits for his own pet dog, his friends' dogs, and his friends. His phone is ringing off the hook by book's end—the final call comes from a canine monarch with a crown, handbag, and pet corgi. Although Gordon is a newcomer to the form, her 
visual storytelling is already marvelously accomplished. Her line, pacing, and judicious use of empty space seem long-practiced, and her hand-lettered sound effects—the only text in the story—evoke smiles ("pom pom pom de pom," Archie hums casually as he takes his dog out in his new coat; "ohhh" says a pug on the street, aching with envy). Even without the success Archie finds, his life as a clothing designer living alone with his dog is a winning premise; it's a distinctively British pairing, somewhere between Jeeves and Wooster and Wallace and Gromit. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
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