15 things not to do with a puppy
15 things not to do with a puppy, Margaret McAllister, illus. Holly Sterling, London: Lincoln, hb. 978 1 7860 3047 4, 2018, £11.99, 24pp.
Fiction, Picture book, 0-5 years
What to do when a new member of the family arrives? No, not a baby, though this is a frequent theme in picture books – but a puppy? This is indeed a situation that many families will face and it is one that does need addressing.
McAllister’s lively tone is perfectly matched by Holly Sterling’s illustrations with which every child will identify. Her children race, bounce and jump off the page together with their puppy until they collapse at the end. Her colours match the exuberance of her images, filling the pages without overwhelming them. The endpapers provide the reader with a variety of friendly puppies from which to choose a favourite. The text, direct and concise, is well placed and a joy to read. A charming book to share.
Review by FMH