26 October 2018

Good Rosie! by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss, 2018

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Beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo and cartoonist Harry Bliss introduce some delightfully doggy dogs in a warm, funny tale of a timid pup who needs a friend.

Rosie is a good dog and a faithful companion to her owner, George. She likes taking walks with George and looking at the clouds together, but the closest she comes to another dog is when she encounters her reflection in her empty dog bowl, and sometimes that makes Rosie feel lonely. One day George takes Rosie to the dog park, but the park is full of dogs that Rosie doesn’t know, which makes her feel lonelier than ever. When big, loud Maurice and small, yippy Fifi bound over and want to play, Rosie’s not sure how to respond. Is there a trick to making friends? And if so, can they all figure it out together?

(32 pages)

What a cute book!

I don't usually go for childrens' books, but when I got the invitation to review this new little comic book by Kate DiCamillo I thought it looked great and snapped it up.

It's definitely a lot shorter than my usual fare, but it's still fun! The story is a simple one but a very sweet one, about a lonely little dog with a lovely old owner and her attempts to make friends at the dog park.

When I think about the story a little more, I realize that it's also a great entry point into a conversation with children about how people from very diverse backgrounds, or with very different personalities, can still respect each other and become good friends. The fact that it opens that door so subtly, as one of many possible things you could talk about rather than overtly making it the Main Point of the story, is actually a huge point in its favor in my book.

The artwork is very pretty, in the same style as the cover. I have to admit that at the time of writing this review I don't have access to my copy, so I can't flip through it again and go into much detail, but suffice it to say that I really liked the cute depictions of the characters. They were sweet and not overly cartoonish or exaggerated.

All in all, this is a very sweet children's book. I'm sure there are going to be children out there who have their parents read it to death, if for no other reason than because of the adorable dogs, and it's a story with only good messages that parents likely won't mind reading (at least the first few times). If you're looking for a children's book for a kid in your life,  you definitely can't go wrong with Good Rosie!.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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