|Such a good boy|
Author: Coppo, Marianna
Buzz is a very good boy, who lives in a fancy house, eats well, and has equally well-behaved (boring) friends--but sometimes he would really like to break free, run fast, dig holes, and play with the other dogs.
Kirkus Reviews (11/15/19)
School Library Journal (12/01/19)
Booklist (+) (12/01/19)
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Booklist - 12/01/2019 *Starred Review* Buzz is a canine in crisis. Coming from a distinguished line of show dogs, puffy and snow-white Buzz (a bichon frise, perhaps?) is starting to chafe under the pressure of his perfect life. He’s a good boy, sure, but what he really wants is freedom from his leash, to join the purportedly “wild” dogs on the other side of the park fence, where they dig, roll, and run amok. Following his animal urges always results in a firm “No!” from his owner (through speech bubbles dipping in from off the page), until, finally, Buzz rebels. Frolicking in a puddle lands him a visit to the dog groomer, but a door left ajar offers freedom—finally! But will it last? With Buzz, Coppo returns to the winning character design that made the star of her previous Petra (2018) so adorable: tiny features at the center of a bulbous head. The simpler strokes of her colorful tempera-and-pastel illustrations allow the most important details to stand out—namely, Buzz’s sweet little face—but this book is more than just cute and funny. It’s relatable, presenting a thoughtful, existential story that raises questions about what makes dogs happy. Kids will be delighted, inspired, and challenged. Pair with Jean Reidy’s Truman (2019) for a heart-melting look inside the life of pets. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 PreS-Gr 2—Buzz the dog is a good boy. He lives in a big house and has a nice life. But Buzz is lonely, and sometimes he wants to play with sticks, mark some territory, or even roll in a puddle. Buzz isn't supposed to do any of those things; he has to uphold the family legacy (he is Buzz VI after all). One day Buzz is tired of being such a good boy, and a roll in a puddle leads him to the Good Boy doggy salon. When an opportunity to break free presents itself, Buzz escapes— and is able to let loose and be a not-so-good boy. Coppo's detailed illustrations are marvelous, colorful, and engaging. There are tiny elements to enjoy on each page, including arrows to identify the path of Buzz's daily walk, or the various dogs playing in the dog park. But Buzz's escape—and freedom—are a bit startling. Buzz's enjoyment of being a free dog coincides with Lost Dog posters plastered everywhere, letting readers know that even though Buzz is stifled by his owner's rules, they do love him and miss him (though it doesn't seem like he misses them much at all). Overall, this is an enjoyable and readable picture book. Sensitive readers might ask a lot of questions about Buzz, so it could spark lots of conversation. VERDICT A fun and lively additional purchase for most libraries.—Shana Shea, Windsor Public Library, CT - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.