By Vladimir Radunsky
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152051778, 40pp.)
Publication Date: May 2009
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For a charming girl and an endearing mutt, friendship is just around the . . . hedge. These two lonely souls sit just opposite each other: She pining after a parade of passing dogs, he pining after a parade of passing owners. Until--finally--the girl and the mutt spot each other. You? they ask. You! they shout.
VLADIMIR RADUNSKY is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for children and dogs, including The Mighty Asparagus, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Because . . . by Mikhail Baryshnikov, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Massachusetts.
"Painted with gouache on tea-colored paper, Radunsky's figures are lumpy, colorful shapes accentuated with calligraphic scrawls and curls of black ink, giving them a hapless, lovable look. Visual cues make it clear these two are meant for each other, and the exciting finale in which they meet will be hard to resist."--Publishers Weekly "The juxtaposition of the dog and girl’s efforts on opposite pages effectively frames their appeals. Insets translate the dog dialogue; for example, Arf! Woof! Bow wow really means, Wait! Come and lean on me, grandma! Your old dog could lean on me, too!” Brush-stroked images in gouache on handmade paper are just off-kilter enough to feel both endearing and spontaneous. A tail-wagging good tale."--Booklist "Radunsky makes the most of his canvas, the dog, girl and bits of shrubbery and park furniture static elements in the tableaux as the happy pairs pass by. Thin, energetic lines define the forms minimally on gouache blobs of color, all arrayed on a generous expanse of buff-colored handmade paper. Although the end is never in doubt, the creative owner-and-dog couples (one roller-blading woman is accompanied by an Afghan that sports roller blades on each paw) and the heartfelt, plaintive dialogue will hold readers’ interest, and the wait makes the inevitable discoveryWoof! YOU!”all the sweeter."--Kirkus Reviews "Tan, handmade paper provides a warm background for the gouache figures. Rough edges and an overlay of quick, loose lines produce a vitality that is well suited to this tale. Any child who has ever wanted a pet or experienced loneliness will rejoice at the climax. Perfect for storytimes and laps; even better with pups."--School Library Journal