cover image Early Rider

Early Rider

William Wegman. Dial, $6.99 (24p) ISBN 978-0-8037-3933-8

Gray Weimaraner puppies show off their driving, riding, and flying skills in this lighthearted board book. Wegman photographs the dogs in active poses, then draws and paints settings around them: one worried dog, ears and legs akimbo, is posed atop a roughly drawn bicycle careening toward the ground (“Yikes, it’s Mike!/ He’s riding a bike./ He might do better/ on a trike”). Skateboarders, sledders, and sailors also appear, and each spread is an entertaining combination of photographic puppy cuteness, linguistic fun, and expressively imagined journeys. Simultaneously available: 3...2...1... Circus! Up to age 2. (June)