Easy to See Why

Fred Gwynne, Author Simon & Schuster $14 (1p) ISBN 978-0-671-79776-8
In this expanded, newly illustrated edition of a story previously titled Best in Show , the recently deceased Gwynne ( A Chocolate Moose for Dinner ; Pondlarker ) has parlayed his keen sense of humor (evident in his numerous acting roles) into an inventive picture book. Relying as much on Gwynne's stiff but passable ink-and-watercolor illustrations as on the bouncy rhyming text, this tale playfully looks at the age-old colloquialism about people resembling their dogs. At its center is a girl who hears about a dog show and decides to enter her pooch (whom she does not look like). Although he lacks an impressive genealogy (``He wasn't pedigreed at all; / A mutt, you'd have to say. / His only family background was / The A.S.P.C.A.''), the girl is convinced he will garner top prize. En route to the show, she meets a string of people, all of whom are dead ringers for their pure-bred dogs, and all of whom proclaim that ``it's easy to see why'' their pet will grab the blue ribbon. And who does? Suffice it to say the judge looks exactly like the girl's mutt. A joke easily shared by parents as well as preschoolers. Ages 4-7. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/02/1993
Release date: 08/01/1993
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-11287-1
Paperback - 48 pages - 978-0-689-81539-3
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-02138-8
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