We first met Dog when he loved books so much he opened up a bookstore in Dog Loves Books, which has become one of my staple book-gifts for children. In Louise Yates's new book, Dog receives a new book, a gift from his Aunt, but this one is blank!
Dog starts out with simple doodles, but soon enough the creative juices are flowing and he and his friends go on a journey reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Dog had so much fun drawing and creating his own book, he even drew a special thank you card to send to his Aunt Dora.
I just adore the illustrations in this book. They are eye-catching, yet simple enough not to be too busy. They become more and more colorful as the story goes on, pulling readers into the excitement of the story.
There aren't too many words on a page, something that parents who worry about that "one more book" at bedtime lasting just a few minutes too long. Instead, Louise Yates fills her pages with words and drawings in such a way that draw a child's eye to the words themselves, like "door" and "stop", encouraging a child to naturally read along.
More than anything, I celebrate the creativity of Dog, and hopefully he will inspire children to pick up their crayons and draw, scribble, sketch, and paint. In this world where video games and electronics are at every turn, I hope that children are still scribbling on walls!
A perfect read-aloud for any child!
Louise Yates website
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About the Author: (from publisher)
LOUISE YATES began drawing pictures to go with the stories she wrote for school and, at a young age, began telling people that she wanted to be a children's book illustrator. She studied English at Oxford University, and currently attends The Prince's Drawing School. She lives in London and is at work on more picture books
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