Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Dazzling Display of Dogs by Betsy Franco

If you've ever owned a dog, you know what kind of characters they can be...


This children's picture book was published in January and Tricycle Press graciously sent me a copy for review (thank you).   Michael Wertz is the illustrator and he uses big bold bright colors for his pictures.  Children will be drawn to the bright colors.  It is recommended for ages 8-12, but I think younger readers would enjoy it, too.


Ms. Fraco's poems are simple and carry a message about dog types and personalities.  She and the illustrator worked together to find the best illustration for the dog type and the text is worked into the graphics.  Anyone reading it will be turning the book from side to side to follow the text around the page, and that's a big part of its charm.  This book has style and is fun to read, too.  


I was amazed to find that the illustrator has a Dog Blog were he posted illustrations of 100 dogs in 100 days.  If you enjoy his illustrations in this book, then be sure to check out:  www.wertzateria.com . 


Visit your local bookstore to pick up a copy.  If you're thinking of acquiring a pup, this is good guide to how the different breeds act, too.


Happy reading!

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