|Doggo and pupper (Doggo and Pupper)|
Author: Applegate, Katherine
Doggo is used to things being a certain way in his family. He likes routine. Cat says he's become boring, until Pupper shows up! Soon, the humans realize that Pupper needs some training, and off he goes to puppy school. When Pupper comes back, he's very well behaved. He's not playful. He's not messy. But Doggo soon realizes that Pupper also isn't happy. So Doggo steps in to help, and rediscovers what it means to have fun.
School Library Journal (04/01/21)
Booklist (+) (03/15/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2021 *Starred Review* Doggo likes his life. He keeps busy with predictable tasks, like taking naps and stalking bugs, and he’s happy that way. Unfortunately, his humans think he needs something to pep up his days, which leads to the arrival of Pupper, an endlessly energetic, question-asking, trouble-causing furball. Doggo’s not the only one who misses the calm, pre-Pupper days, and it isn’t long before the fellow is sent to charm school. When he returns, he is a calm, obedient Pupper who keeps busy with predictable tasks. Sound familiar? Doggo rethinks what he appreciates about Pupper, and he works with friend Cat to bring back Pupper’s playfulness, sparking Doggo’s inner child, erm, puppy in the process. Applegate’s series starter for the younger set utilizes wonderful humor and timing, deftly capturing the personalities and situations with easy accessibility. Alder’s colorful cartoon illustrations ramp up the silliness and often use white backdrops to offer new readers visual aids and remove distractions. A winning new series. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2021 Gr 1–3—In this new early reader series, Doggo is content with his predictable routine of eating, napping, going for walks, diving in the trash, and just generally being the dog of his house. Not everyone knows that with his role comes big responsibilities. Squirrel activity needs to be monitored, mail carriers should be greeted, small humans must be watched over, and yet Doggo still makes time for leisure and hobbies while the humans are away. Mistakenly worrying that Doggo is bored, his human brings home the very spunky Pupper. Pupper is playful, messy, and having a ball in his new home when the humans decide it is time for him to learn basic behavior at charm school. Returning home, Pupper is just not the same. He sits. He stays. Alder's bark-out-loud illustrations are cartoon-like and colorful, perfectly in step with the one to three sentences per page. The text is spaced to train a young reader's eyes to scan from the top of the page to bottom. Containing seven short chapters, this tale is a great match for children on the path to chapter books. VERDICT A recommended purchase for school and public libraries looking for engaging early readers sure to give children the giggles.—Emily Brush, Novi P.L., MI - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.