|My pillow keeps moving!|
Author: Gehl, Laura
A clever pup ends up in a cozy home, and she'll do anything to stay there. She impersonates everything the lonely homeowner needs--a pillow, a footstool, a jacket. But in the end, being herself works best.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 193584
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/17)
School Library Journal (02/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—Shivering outside The Pillow Place storefront, a dog hatches a plan to find a home. Snuggling among the cushions, the resourceful little dog is purchased and goes home with a customer. Although the pup has all the qualities of a soft and fluffy pillow, she's returned to the store; the man complains that the pillow keeps moving. At the Furniture Barn, the same customer buys a footstool—it's the jaunty pooch again. The footstool is returned, this time, for being too noisy. Readers will root for the dog, anticipating what object the animal will impersonate next to win the man's heart. The final act where a cat works its way into the new family is a delight. Reminiscent of Arthur Howard's Hoodwinked, Gehl's charming story leaves the audience wondering when the lonely man will catch on to the companionship the animals can offer. Weyant's cartoon images, with labels and captions, replace a narrative text. Humorous and lively, the cartoons keep readers in on the joke, but can occasionally feel adult in look and sensibility. VERDICT A sublimely silly tale for pet lovers, suitable for storytimes and one-on-one sharing.—Sarah Webb, City and Country School Library, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2018 In an episode that ultimately evolves into a warm tale of animal adoption, a solitary, middle-aged gent goes shopping for, in succession, a pillow, a footstool, and a winter coat. He comes away from each specialty shop with the same stray dog, which he tries to use and then tries to return—because as a pillow, it moves around; as a footstool, it keeps barking; and as the ruff of a coat, it farts continually. But each time, the sales clerk—economically portrayed in Geisel Award winner Weyant’s broadly simple cartoon illustrations as the same man in a different loud suit—persuades him that he got what he paid for. Better yet, when the man later goes out to buy a hat, the inviting wink his canine sidekick slips to the stray cat who has been silently watching throughout has a predictable result. A final view of the man in an armchair, his feet propped up on a (conventional) footstool, and his two new animal companions in his lap makes a cozy coda. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.