Pick a Pup
Today is the day that Sam picks a pup! But how will he ever decide which one? He and his gram take a trip to the city animal shelter, greeting their neighbors’ dogs as they go. There are sleepy pups, hyper pups, glamorous pups—and some that are a mix of everything!
This energetic book, with its fun rhyming text and adorable illustrations, is sure to thrill the young dog lover. Anyone who’s ever adopted a furry friend will already know the true trick to picking a pup … the pup picks YOU!
“Eeny, meeny, miney, pup, / which teeny-weeny, tiny pup?” Sam is eager to get a new puppy, but how in the world will he pick the right one? Looking through books, studying dogs on the street, drawing pictures of dogs, dogs, dogs doesn’t seem to do the trick. Should it be a “sit-in-your-lap dog” or a “likes-to-take-a-nap dog?” A cornucopia of similar comparisons follows on the succeeding spreads. Once Sam arrives at the shelter, dogs of all shapes and sizes greet him, making the decision even harder. Or is it, as one golden pup makes his feelings known? The story has a certain inevitability, but it’s done with such good humor and spirit, even kids who guess the ending will enjoy Sam’s journey. Henry’s watercolor art possesses the fun of cartoons but shows some heft as well and does a good job of portraying the emotions Sam experiences as he makes his choice. (Booklist)
illustrator, Jed Henry
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011
ages 2 to 5
Look for this book at your favorite library or used bookseller.