Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

  -Even The Cover Makes This Book Hard To Ignore-

This sweet brown and black dog named Arfy is looking for new living conditions. It's time to move out of the cardboard box he calls home and begin to look for people to move in with. 

He begins by composing a nice letter to the people in the yellow house on Butternut Street. He is enthusiastic as he tries to sell himself. Here is a portion of the note:
"I am potty trained, and I have my own squeaky bone. Also: I love to play! I see you have a cat, but I'm willing to work with you."
The letter carrier delivers it, but the response is not what Arfy was hoping for. Unfortunately, the cat is allergic to dogs. One by one, Arfy sends letters to each business and house on Butternut Street.

We see the same mail carrier deliver the letters. The inside cover of the book is designed with very cute, and creative postage stamps. The back of the book has a letter from Arfy and a fun map of Butternut Street.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: Nothing  (Well, I guess if your child is extremely sensitive it might bother them...but, the last will make it a happy ending.)

What I Liked Most: There's so much to like. The creativity goes far beyond what might at first glance seem repetitious. The ending is satisfying and ties everything together beautifully. 

Cunmings has managed to include enough variety in the letters, illustrations, and replies, that each page is fun and surprising and even manages to acquaint children with writing notes and letters.

The ending is completely satisfying and might come as a surprise to some. 

Author/Illustrator: Troy Cummings
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 2018)


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