Is There a Dog in This Book?

Viviane Schwarz. Candlewick, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-6991-1

Cat trio Tiny, Moonpie, and André are back, following their antics in There Are Cats in This Book and There Are No Cats in This Book, certain that they sense the presence of a dog. Readers will be smiling at the cats’ inane chatter from the first pages. “Oh, no! We don’t want to meet a dog!” howls André. “What is a dog?” Tiny asks. “Can you move this sofa?” asks Moonpie, drawing attention to the first of many laugh-out-loud lift-flaps. This one reveals a skinny purple hound who looks, if possible, even more vacant than the cats. The cats hide in a piano, closet, and suitcase, before finally recognizing the dog as a kindred spirit. The flaps will probably require tape repairs, as this one will be asked for again and again. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)