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Say Hello to Zorro

Say Hello to Zorro

Spring 2011 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Carter Goodrich
Illustrator: Carter Goodrich
ISBN: 978-1-4169-3893-4
Hardcover Price: $15.99

The nondescript, plump black dog, Mister Bud, has a well-loved schedule and a satisfying life. One day, however, at "greet and make a fuss time" a stranger appears. Mister Bud has to say hello to Zorro - a pug with an attitude.

With a wonderful use of white space, the illustrator places a loosely rounded, muted watercolor depiction of the dogs in the center of each page. The human involved is so peripheral to the story that all we see is faint watercolor legs with even fainter watercolor words. The main characters are humorously and delightfully expressive of doggy emotions - not to mention childish ones. Children who must say hello to unwelcome disruptions to their schedules will identify with grumpy Mister Bud.

Kemie Nix   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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