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  • By Terry Williamson
    Dec 23, 2009
    Lacks substance At first glance the book jacket illustration appears very refined and well done with it's pen and ink detail, but what immediately comes to my mind is the almost identical style to the universally well known illustrator, Maurice Sendak. I am reminded of a book by Maurice Sendak, called Higgley Piggley Pop or there must be more to life, a brilliantly executed children's book about a Sealyham Terrier named Jennie. The similarities between these two illustrator styles is quite extraordinary. Personally, I would prefer to see something fresh and innovative from a new children's book illustrator. There is always room for new talented artists to carve out their own niches, and while influence from successful artists will most certainly have a role in the development of artistic style, one must be watchful to develop a style that is uniquely one's own. Of even greater concern than the illustrations, the story line and written content does not ensue a fresh approach to... More > children's literature. A worn out pedantic theme ensues a much dated approach to literature, in contrast to newer topics being released today. The authors would do best to leave the sixties behind and start out with a fresher approach.< Less
  • By Melissa Brenneman
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Very polished" An old dog still takes pride in the powers of his nose, even if he can't see very well. He knows when the bad, fighting dogs are on the move on his street. Unable to defend his yard yet unwilling to retreat, he feels insecure until help comes from a very unexpected corner: a small but heroic kitten. Kids will love the action, inventive animal noises, and the happy ending. Parents will appreciate the positive themes and beautiful artwork. Both text and pictures invite the child and parent to interact in a number of ways, such as finding the different wildflowers in the book and matching them to an identification guide in the back, flipping the corner of the pages for animation, and talking about the child's relationships (aging grandparents; older kids who scare them; pets). This is a very thoughtful and polished book from an illustrator to watch out for. Disclaimer: I am personally involved with the illustrator and the second author is my sister.
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Product Details

First Edition
J. W. Lane
October 22, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.27 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
7.5 wide x 7.5 tall
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