Bob the Dog Book Review

In Bob the Dog by Rodrigo Folgueira, a little boy named Mark takes his
dog Bob out for a romp in the park. They are having such a wonderful
time! The pair are laughing and running without a care…until a tiny
canary flies into Bob’s mouth.

Bob is beside himself with guilt.
He cannot believe that he has just eaten a bird! Mark soon discovers
that the canary (named Jeremy) is alive and well…and hiding from
something.

Mark enlists the help of his woodland friends Roger
the Rabbit, Cathy the Cat and Oscar the Owl. Surly, they can come up
with a way to get Jeremy out of Bob’s stomach. But what if they can’t?
Will Jeremy be forced to live in Bob’s tummy forever?

I
absolutely love Poly Bernatene’s illustrations! They are both whimsical
and adorable. I especially love all of Bob’s facial expressions. I also
love how Bernatene uses mixed media throughout the book, such as hiding
pages from other books within the illustrations. Adding a pawtographed
photo of Lassie to Bob’s dog house was a very cute (and hilarious)
touch.

While I greatly enjoyed the ending, I felt that the
resolution to the story came a bit too quickly. I feel that the story
could have been flushed out for a least four more pages. Overall, this
is a fun read for the emergent reader.

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