Saturday 10 April 2021

This is the Dog

This is the Dog by Maura Finn, illustrated by Nina Rycroft (Scholastic) PB RRP $16.99 ISBN 9781775435853

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

This is the Dog is a picture book about a scruffier than average dog who resides in a pet store, hoping to be chosen. Saddened by the waiting and rejection, the nameless dog escapes its confines to seek adventure, yummy food, and ultimately a happy home.

The digitally created artwork includes plenty of action and captures the dog’s range of emotions beautifully. The colourful images appear in single and double-page spreads as well as spot illustrations to enhance meaning and create a sense of time.

This is the Dog is a heart-warming tale about hope, acceptance and love. It is written with great rhythm and rhyme making it an enjoyable read aloud for children aged 4 years and older. The young audience is sure to fall in love with ‘...the dog with the snuffly snout, the half-crumpled ear, the fur that sticks out’.

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