Yay! I can finally review a book that makes it totally appropriate for me to post a photo of my own dog. Here’s Darwin, my gargantuan two-year-old chocolate standard poodle . . .
The Hound Dog’s Haiku: and Other Poems for Dog Lovers ($17.99, Candlewick Press, ages 6 and up), written by Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by Caldecott winner, Mary Azarian, is clever and oh, so charming. The book introduces 20 different breeds of pooches to children through darling illustrations and simple haikus. (I’m a haiku fanatic, so this aspect of the book really pleases me.) I love the fact that children can learn about a variety of breeds while getting a little lesson in poetry. In the back of the book are Notes for Dog Lovers, with explanations of the poems and information about each breed. This book would make a great gift for a dog-loving child. Just remember to also adopt a puppy to go along with the book.
– This book is reviewed by Debbie Glade.