Amos: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch

Howie Schneider, Author, Susan Seligson, With Joy Street Books $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-77404-8
Each day Mr. and Mrs. Bobson leave Amos, their old dog, on the couch while they run errands. These trips mystify Amos; just once he'd like to know where his masters go. He gets his chance when he accidently hits a certain spot on the couch and it roars to life like a small upholstered car. Forward, reversethis couch can moveand so, of course, can Amos. He regularly trails the Bobsons, always returning home before they do. Comic scenes ensue until the day that Amos gets stuck in rush hour traffic and the Bobsons beat him home. The secret is out, with happy results, for Amos can accompany the Bobsons in the car all the timeexcept when they go with him on the couch. The pace of this is pell-mell and the tongue-in-cheek tone will tickle even the most skeptical child. Three-color illustrations convey much of the humor: Amos's satisfaction on the day of his discovery is apparent in every smug bone of his tired old body. Ages 4-8. (October)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1987
Release date: 10/01/1987
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-316-78034-6
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