This magical mix of grandchild/grandparent love and community action, told with a quiet humor, is what I adore about Philip C. Stead. Paired with Cordell’s beautifully detailed illustrations, each taking the story to another level, this picture book is my new treasured favorite. A superb story about getting a dog for all the right reasons.
Louis and his eccentric Grandma set out to count every dog in the neighborhood when they find out about city hall’s woefully inadequate record keeping.
Louis wants a dog, but his Grandma insists, “There are enough dogs in the neighborhood already.” But how many dogs are in the neighborhood? Surely a sternly worded letter to City Hall will clear this up. When it turns out that City Hall doesn’t keep an official count of this essential demographic, Louis and his Grandma do their civic duty and take matters into their own hands. Together they meet all sorts of dogs with hilarious names and personalities. When they’re done, Louis’s grandmother is sure he’s missed one particularly lovable dog, a mutt named Baklava in need of a new home.
Philip Stead and Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell have once again shown their knack for making quirky and endearing stories about grandparent and grandchild duos in the tradition of Follow That Frog and Special Delivery.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
About the Author
Philip C. Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. Their collaboration, Music for Mister Moon, won the Great Lakes Great Reads Award. Philip has written and illustrated many picture books including Follow That Frog with Matthew Cordell,which was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. He is also the author of Hello, My Name is Ruby, Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, A Home for Bird, All the Animals where I Live, and Vernon is on His Way. He also illustrated Charlotte Zolotow's In My Garden for Holiday House. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Matthew Cordell is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of Wolf in the Snow and Hello Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers, recipient of four starred reviews, and the illustrator of numerous highly acclaimed children's books including Philip C. Stead's books Follow That Frog, The Only Fish in the Sea and Special Delivery, which was a Washington Post Best Book. He wrote and illustrated Another Brother, Wish, and Hello! Hello!, a New York Times Notable Children's Book. Matthew lives near Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children.
★ "Cordell brings to the page a vivid cast of characters as Louis canvasses the neighborhood. His shaggy, loose-lined illustrations in warm pastels are detailed and filled with humor. . . . Stead creates an indelible character in Grandma, who is fierce, determined, and kind, and he leaves plenty of room in his lively text for Cordell to add layer upon layer to this already nuanced tale—one that ends sweetly, in more ways than one."—The Horn Book, Starred Review
★ "What a pleasure to see sprawling urban neighborhood scenes with every kind of adult, child, and dog imaginable, all packed into a picture book. . . . Louis’s innocent but matter-of-fact narration is entertaining for all ages (with plenty of inside literary jokes to boot). . . . The art matches the tone of the book, making this a gentle and pleasant read."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Previous collaborators Stead and Cordell (Follow That Frog) turn to real-world portraiture, spotlighting the racially diverse neighborhood's dog owners—and each pooch—in affectionate cameos."—Publishers Weekly
"This charming, gently humorous tale will resonate with youngsters. Adults will appreciate the winks directed at them. . . . Illustrations rendered with pen, ink, and watercolor and marked by Cordell’s signature quick, loose strokes complement the sweet story and capture Louis and Grandma’s loving relationship admirably. . . . Whether you’re a dog lover or not, count this one a winner"—Kirkus Reviews
"Plenty of visual happenings for young viewers to pore over. Cordell’s characteristic scribbly art . . . perfectly captures the movement and organized chaos of city streets. . . ."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books