written and illustrated by Alison Brown
Capstone Young Readers 2/01/2014
Age 4 ro 8 32 pages
“Eddie is looking for a friend—a friend who likes adventure. Then Eddie meets Dog. And the fun begins. This wonderful story, with stunning artwork celebrates the excitement of a beautiful relationship.”
“Eddie dreamed of adventure.
“He imagined flying off to far-off places and doing amazing things. Then one day . . . “
Eddie found Dog. No, wait, Dog found Eddie.
Eddie is at the airport, dreaming of adventures, when he sees Dog in a pet carrier, which Dog opens with his paw. (Dogs can get out of anything.) Dog wants a life of adventure and must see the same in Eddie. Dog asks Eddie if he would like to play. This is the beginning of a unique friendship and a lovely picture book. Eddie and Dog is one of my favorite picture books this year.
What fun the two enjoy together. Their adventures are loaded with suspense, intrigue, and some silliness for good measure. The two hunt crocodiles, sail the seven seas—I’m thinking in alphabetical order—build a grand fort, and traipse through lush jungles. That was day one.
When Eddie introduced his new best friend to his mother, she said Dog could not stay—the yard is too small. Poor Dog. Poor Eddie. Eddie keeps thinking about Dog and it is a good bet that Dog thinks a lot about Eddie. The next day, Dog returns to Eddie. Mom stands her ground. Dog needs a bigger yard and a better home. Mom’s imagination and creativity has taken back seat t her larger practical side. She can’t see the blossoming relationship between Eddie and Dog or how important it is to the new friends. Instead of working with the yard, she instantly says it is too small.
Dog is trying as hard as he can to keep his friendship with Eddie alive. Good friendships should never die—they are too hard to cultivate. But Eddie’s mom is consistently saying no to a dog. Do dogs make her nose sneeze and her eyes cry? Maybe mom really is concerned with Dog’s happiness. Hm, I wonder what will happen next.
I love Eddie and Dog. They must belong together else, Dog would not make such grand gestures, would he? Dogs do love unconditionally. And Dog is a dog. You cannot beat logic. Eddie and Dog belong together. I bet Dog keeps trying until Eddie’s mom runs out of excuses and places for Dog to go.
The story is well-paced and the illustrations hit the mark on each and every page.The final spread is my favorite illustration. Eddie sits behind Dog as Dog flies his shiny red propeller plane to their next awesome adventure.. Dog is a cute, cuddly canine. He is the perfect size for Eddie. Dog loves adventures, just as Eddie wanted! The ending has an unexpected twist that I love. Dog can accomplish many fantabulous things in a short amount of time.
Children will love Eddie and Dog. They will be sad when Eddie is sent away, but after the first return—a wonderful twist—kids will keep smiling even when mom sends Eddie off several more times. Sometimes knowing the punch line can be fun. Kids will love Eddie and Dog, even to the point of wanting their own Dog (sorry Eddie). Parents can take heart. Eddie and Dog is an easy and fun read with moments needing sound effects only a parent can provide. Will Eddie and Dog become your child’s favorite book? Quit possibly so, at least until the next edition of an Eddie and Dog adventure hit bookstores. Enjoy!
EDDIE AND DOG. Text and illustrations copyright © 2013 by Alison Brown. Reproduced by permission of the US publisher, Capstone Young Readers, North Mankato, MN.
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Meet the author/illustrator, Alison Brown, at her website: http://www.littletiger.co.uk/authors/alison-brown
Find more good books at the Capstone Young Readers website: http://www.capstonepub.com/
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Eddie and Dog was originally published in Great Britain by Little Tiger Press in 12/18/2013.
Also by Alison Brown
copyright © 2014 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews
This looks excellent!
It sounds like you really enjoyed this one! Thanks for sharing this on Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again this week!
Oh my! This one I must have! Thanks for sharing such a cute story with adorable illustrations. Super duper review, Sue!
You are welcome. It is my pleasure. Dog would wave his tail if he knew how well you like his book. 🙂
You select some of the gol-darned prettiest books out there. I love these illustrations!
Thank you. I did ask for this one. Usually, I get what I get, but this time I begged. Who can resist a dog that can snorkel his way back to his chum?
I am going to see if my library has this! 😀
Are you saying you didn’t get Eddie and Dog? Too much attention on middle grade books I bet. 🙂
Love a good dog friendship story. Great review, Sue!
Next, will be a great story about a kitty, a Superman kind of kitty . . . as soon s you write it. 🙂
Focussed on peacocks and mice these day, but you never know. 🙂
I LOVE Eddie and Dog! Happy endings are my favorite kind. Mom sent me away – back to my cage – a few times the night she adopted me. But then we were a happy ending!
Love and licks,
I’m glad to hear it. 🙂 Dog is very resilient and smart. How he returns each time is wonderful but the last time is magnificent! You really should read Eddie and Dog. You might even learn a few new tricks. 😀