Pros: Excellent illustrations, wonderful inspiration for imagination
The Bottom Line: If you loved Dog Loves Books, wait until you see this one!
We have a lot of picture books at my store. Oodles and oodles of them. And today was project day, which meant putting away a truckload of picture books. While at the bottom shelf dealing with some pigeons, ducklings, and cookies, I spotted Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates. Her first book, Dog Loves Books, was so adorable I immediately picked up this book and read it. Sure, I had stuff to do, but how could I wait to find out what Dog does next?
The story begins almost where the last one left off – so to speak. We learn that Dog loves books and opened up a successful bookstore. One day his Aunt sent him a book – but it’s blank! His Aunt tells him to use his imagination. Why, it’s a drawing book! From there Dog gets out his pencils and brushes and after drawing a door to step through, discovers all the places and friends that he can discover through his imagination.
This book is delightful. In fact, I made a point to put it on the Storytime list for January. Louise Yates seems to be all about imagination, which is fantastic because she does such a great job both telling a simple yet fun story as well as illustrating it. In fact, her illustrations are the best part! Dog is adorable as usual, but as he draws things they are like what a child might draw so kids can relate to them (and let’s face it adults, most of us can’t draw either so Dog is probably better than us!). All his drawings come alive and they go on fun adventures. Think Harold and the Purple Crayon. The things that Dog draws are bright and colorful and are done in all sorts of mediums, from crayons to colored pencil.
I highly recommend taking a peek at this book. If it doesn’t make you smile then I don’t know what will. With sneaky ducks, silly crabs, a stick man, and a cute little Dog, there’s all sorts of fun to be had. It’s a great way to remind anyone about the power of imagination and maybe even inspire a future artist or two.
Notes from the playlist: "My Dear Frodo" by Howard Shore