Pug

by Ethan Long

“Pug sees Peg.” Pug also sees Mom and Dad, and barks eagerly to let each... read more

“Pug sees Peg.” Pug also sees Mom and Dad, and barks eagerly to let each one of them know he’d like to go outside and join Peg. Mom, cozily reading, and Dad, just in from the frigid cold and snow, are unconvinced. By the time Pug gets to Tad, asleep in bed, he’s more determined than ever. When Tad wakes up and is unmoved by Pug’s pleas, Pug lifts his leg in a gesture known to every dog owner, and many children. “No, Pug, no.” Tad’s command is accompanied by resignation. “Go, Pug, go.” And they’re out the door. A delightful beginning reader in picture-book format features large font, and short words and sentences, while the art adds humor and depth to the story. The full-page scenes are uncluttered but rich with details, from the skeptical expression on Mom’s face as she glances out the window at the snow, to the veracity of teenage Tad’s bedroom. There’s also a satisfying but easy-to-follow twist at story’s end. (Ages 4–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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