Be Gentle With the Dog Dear
By Matthew Baek
(Dial, Hardcover, 9780803732506, 32pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2008
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A wonderfully witty take on playing nice, from a fresh and funny new talent.
Baby Elisa loves Tag, the family dog. She loves to squeeze him, and pull his tail, and tackle him. Tag loves Elisa too--especially when she's sleeping. Elisa's parents tell her, "You must be gentle with the dog, dear." But this is easier said than done. What's a good dog to do?
With spare, pithy text and laugh-out-loud illustrations, debut author/illustrator Matthew J. Baek brilliantly captures the warmth, frustration, and rampant comedy of life with a toddler and the object of her delight. Whether the pursued or the pursuer, any kid with a pet or sibling will love this tale of two characters who share a true regard, and learn-- with much hilarity along the way--the right way to show it.