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|Bow-Wow's nightmare neighbors|
Author: Newgarden, Mark
Bow-Wow, an expressive dog, tangles with some unruly neighbors in this wordless, spooky Halloween picture book.
School Library Journal (+) (00/06/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/14)
The Hornbook (+) (00/09/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2014 K-Gr 4—In this wordless, comics-style picture book, Bow-Wow's neighbor cats have bitten his tail and stolen his soft doggie bed. Bow-Wow must travel to the spooky house next door to retrieve his bed, only to find a house full of tail-biting cats, trapdoors, pictures with eyes, shifting shadows, and all kinds of other spooky objects. Just when it seems things couldn't possibly get any stranger, Bow-Wow finds the scariest thing of all: a giant (almost room-sized) cat. Nestled nearby is his missing doggie bed. Will the jumbo kitty and her many dozens of feline minions let Bow-Wow escape with his bed? Digitally designed panel graphics offer a sophisticated visual narrative with subtle and humorous details. This unique book challenges readers to pay attention, all while working through the realms of the real, the familiar, nonsense, and play.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 09/01/2014 In this wordless book, golden little Bow-Wow is peacefully sleeping when a trio of wee ghostly kittens sneaks his cushion out from underneath him. The determined dog tracks the thieves to the creepy old mansion next door, where he encounters a multitude of cats, who have a fondness for biting his tail. Bow-Wow eventually finds his cushion among an array of others-which are all serving as the padding for a humongous white cat. After biting the big cat’s tail, Bow-Wow makes his hasty exit, but when lightning strikes the old mansion the cats befriend the dog and cozily join him in his house. The transitions are confusing at times, so it takes some sophisticated visual decoding, but it’s a humorous tale; it unfolds with the cheerful anarchy of an old-school cartoon, with lively smaller events (Bow-Wow scares off a burglar and flushes an annoying kitty down the toilet) keeping viewer interest as the pup tours the house. The thickly lined digital art evinces a whimsical yet sturdy charm; the palette livens up its ominous gray backgrounds with touches of color in Bow-Wow’s gold and the green of the cushion (and occasional cushion lookalikes), while rounded edges and toylike simplicity control the scare factor. This isn’t quite up to the standard of Varon’s wordless Robot Dreams (BCCB 11/07), but it’s an amusing readalone for kids who find words get in the way of their enjoyment. DS - Copyright 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Booklist - 10/15/2014 Bow-Wow, a pale orange terrier, just wants to nap in peace, but a ghostly cat is in the mood for mischief—he nips Bow-Wow’s tail and, in a flash, steals his teal dog bed. Bow-Wow won’t take it lying down, however, and he follows the cat across the street to a haunted house filled to the rafters with ghost cats. Newgarden and Cash’s wordless panels zoom in and out to reveal how the impish cats continue to tease Bow-Wow as he searches the house for his bed, spooks a robber, and finds his well-loved cushion (as well as some new friends). The boldly simple shapes and bright Halloweeny colors, slightly spooky atmosphere, and sneaky background details together tell an entertaining story that’s accessible to anyone regardless of reading level. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.