Mr. and Mrs. Portly and Their Little Dog, Snack (Hardcover)

By Christine Davenier (Illustrator), Sandra Jordan

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374350895, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

List Price: 16.99*
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When Mrs. Amanda Portly looks into Snack’s hopeful brown eyes, she just can’t resist bringing him home. For the next week the two are inseparable, and Snack even helps Mrs. Portly capture the true spirit of red dahlias in one of her paintings. Then Mr. Portly comes home from his fishing trip. Mr. Portly likes art and he likes beauty, but he does not like dogs—and Snack is banished to a doghouse outside. How can Snack win over Mr. Portly’s persnickety heart?

The surprising way Snack manages to prove that he is not only an art lover but man’s best friend as well is exuberantly illustrated by Christine Davenier.

About the Author

SANDRA JORDAN is the creator of two other picture books and the co-author, with Jan Greenberg, of several books for children about art and artists, including "Chuck Close Up Close," a "Boston Globe-Horn Book "Award Honor Book. She lives in New York City. CHRISTINE DAVENIER has illustrated many picture books, including "Nobody Here but Me "by Judith Viorst and "Me I Am! "by Jack Prelutsky. She lives in Paris, France.

Praise For Mr. and Mrs. Portly and Their Little Dog, Snack

The witty . . . story line is well matched by the illustrations’ energy, flair, and ebullient use of color.” —School Library Journal

“Exuding warmth, both narrative and pictures transcend the basic plot line, turning this into an irresistible offering.” —Starred, Booklist

“Davenier’s lively watercolors . . . come alive with every brushstroke, allowing pup and people to walk off the page.” —Kirkus Reviews