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Booklist - 02/15/2021 *Starred Review* The creators of the Geisel-winning You Are (Not) Small (2014) here move on from books about disputes to one about general incompatibility, with a story of a dog and a cat thrown together in an adventure that keeps showing just how opposite they are—until they find one thing they can bond over. We first see the raffish mutt, Hudson, and the pampered, plump Tallulah on opposite sides of a fence separating their respective backyards. They’re different in attitudes (Hudson says the fence keeps them trapped; Tallulah says it keeps them safe) and behavior (when a bird lands on the fence, Hudson barks; Tallulah pounces). Their adventure starts when Hudson digs his way out under the fence, with Tallulah following him warily along the street, to the dog park, and then back home through puddles, which she hates—until the two find a common passion in chasing the birds that bathe in the puddles. New Yorker cartoonist Weyant’s illustrations, which use gouache, graphite, and lots of white space, carry the day, filling the dog’s and cat’s reactions to what they encounter with plenty of comic details (like the bold lettering conveying the dog-park dogs’ frantic barking at the cat). Madcap fun. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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