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Publisher Comments:

Meet Tinkles, Gracie-pants, Lovie, Fritzie, Weenie, Walter, Comet, Ike, and Jack. They're a lively mix of dogs whoseand#160;owners dress them up so they'll put their best paw forward for theand#160;dog parade, which comes at the end of the book. Until that moment, we hear each dog confront their dress-up opportunity with anything from surprise to reluctance to relief. But all have fun joining the festivities, where they show off their dog-gone best.

and#160;and#160;and#160; Alternating between doggy narrators, the text is great to read aloud, offering readers a chance toand#160;play different dog characters. The illustrations are a dynamic combination of realistic, expressive, and cute, and the text design is playful and colorful.

Review:

"Friendship does not have to be a 24/7 lovefest: that's the important lesson behind this sometimes preachy and visually unremarkable book. With the exception of some singsong odes to each other, most of the text takes the form of alternating monologues by BFFs Henry and Ruby ('Usually we're friends, but sometimes we're unfriends'), with each child alternatively singing joys of collaboration ('In circus, I'm the ringmaster and Ruby's the lion tamer), kvetching ('He told my secret... to a boy!' grouses Ruby after she shares her crush on a classmate with him), and worrying about the constancy of affections ('What if Ruby finds another best friend?'). Unfortunately, Joosse's (Roawr!) text relies a bit too heavily on the 'kids say the darnedest things' mentality ('Yesterday, I had gruffly thoughts') and Milian, making his debut, contributes vignettes that show a wide range of emotions and activities, but don't quite escape the safe, frisky feeling of a well-meaning textbook. While the necessary ups and downs of friendship will be recognizable to readers, neither text nor art truly evokes the depth of emotions at play. Ages 4 — 8. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Henry and Ruby.
Ruby and Henry.
Best friends.
(Most of the time.)
They give the best gifts and know the best games and are the best at keeping secrets.
(Most of the time.)
But even when Henry and Ruby don't get along, they know one thing: nothing is the same without your best friend.
Henry and Ruby.
Ruby and Henry.
They belong together.
All of the time.

About the Author

Barbara Joosse is the author of many acclaimed books for children, including Mama, Do You Love Me?, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee, Roawr!, illustrated by Jan Jutte, and Higgledy-Piggledy Chicks, illustrated by Rick Chrustowski. She lives with her family in a cozy old stone house in Wisconsin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060882211
Author:
Joosse, Barbara M.
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Illustrator:
Milian, Tomaso
Author:
Joosse, Barbara
Author:
Milian, Tomaso
Author:
Yelchin, Eugene
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Best friends
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Animals - Dogs
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100921
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10 x 9 in
Age Level:
08-08

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Product details 32 pages Greenwillow Books - English 9780060882211 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Friendship does not have to be a 24/7 lovefest: that's the important lesson behind this sometimes preachy and visually unremarkable book. With the exception of some singsong odes to each other, most of the text takes the form of alternating monologues by BFFs Henry and Ruby ('Usually we're friends, but sometimes we're unfriends'), with each child alternatively singing joys of collaboration ('In circus, I'm the ringmaster and Ruby's the lion tamer), kvetching ('He told my secret... to a boy!' grouses Ruby after she shares her crush on a classmate with him), and worrying about the constancy of affections ('What if Ruby finds another best friend?'). Unfortunately, Joosse's (Roawr!) text relies a bit too heavily on the 'kids say the darnedest things' mentality ('Yesterday, I had gruffly thoughts') and Milian, making his debut, contributes vignettes that show a wide range of emotions and activities, but don't quite escape the safe, frisky feeling of a well-meaning textbook. While the necessary ups and downs of friendship will be recognizable to readers, neither text nor art truly evokes the depth of emotions at play. Ages 4 — 8. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Henry and Ruby.
Ruby and Henry.
Best friends.
(Most of the time.)
They give the best gifts and know the best games and are the best at keeping secrets.
(Most of the time.)
But even when Henry and Ruby don't get along, they know one thing: nothing is the same without your best friend.
Henry and Ruby.
Ruby and Henry.
They belong together.
All of the time.
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