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Say Hello to Zorro!by Carter Goodrich
Synopses & Reviews
Mister Bud has a schedule. Things like wake-up time, nap time, snooze time, and shift-position-and-rest-some-more time are carefully planned. And everyone in his house follows his schedule. Then disaster: A strange dog comes home at make-a-fuss time and throws off the whole schedule! Zorro is his name. And he is bossy. Mister Bud and Zorro want nothing to do with each other— until they discover they like the same things. Everything becomes more fun with two…as long as everyone follows the schedule. Playful text and illustrations from a master animator give these two pups such personality, they’ll melt the hearts of dog-lovers everywhere.
"This stylish exploration of canine sibling rivalry gains from Goodrich's (The Hermit Crab) understated humor, sharp eye for the nuances of domestic relationships, and talent for painting lumpy sleeping dogs. Mister Bud — a hound of indeterminate breed with an enormous, moist snout — has something even more important than possessions. 'He had his own schedule. And everybody stuck to the schedule.' When a small pug named Zorro shows up at 'Greet and Make a Fuss Time,' backs arch and tempers rise. Goodrich's judicious use of one or two sentences per picture heightens the tension as the dogs clash. 'Zorro had his own things, and he could be bossy,' says one page; Zorro is in an armchair next to a ridiculous number of stuffed toys. 'Mister Bud had his own things, and he could be grumpy,' reads the next. Naturally the two become best friends, but don't look for childlike sincerity. Although kids may not immediately grasp the idea that Mister Bud's curmudgeonly habits symbolize the foibles that are likely to trip up human friendships, they will respond to Goodrich's polished comic timing. Ages 4 — 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
In this close-to-wordless picture book, we see a dog's day-to-day struggle with trying to find a partner to just throw the BALL.
A 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch until naptimeand#8217;s wild, ball-centric dream sequence. The pictures speak a thousand words in this comic book-style ode to canine monomania. Ball? Ball.
Mister Bud is a dog of routine. He has wake up time, nap time, rest time, dinner time, etc. And everyone knows to follow his schedule. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Then disaster strikes.andnbsp;andnbsp;A stranger comes home at "make a fuss time" and throws everything off! Zorro is little bit bossy and Mister Bud wants nothing to do with him. But when the dogs discover they like the same things (like chasing the cat and napping), everything becomes more fun. As long as everyone follows the schedule.
About the Author
Acclaimed artist Carter Goodrich has illustrated thirteen New Yorker covers and has worked as a character designer on many beloved animated films, including The Prince of Egypt; Shrek; Monsters, Inc.; Finding Nemo; as well as the forthcoming Open Season. He is a two-time gold-medal recipient from the Society of Illustrators in New York and a graduate of the Rhose Island School of Design. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Forbes, and Time. Mr. Goodrich resides in Los Angeles, California.
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