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Buster and the Baby

Buster and the Baby

Fall 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Author: Amy Hest
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763687878
Hardcover Price: $15.99

A toddler and a bouncy puppy named Buster romp through their day and through the pages of this picture book celebrating a close bond between child and pet. Nicely paired with Polly Dunbar's charming, digitally rendered crayon and paint illustrations, author Amy Hest's simple, graphically appealing narrative captures the excitement of the active pup in the "thump, thump, thump" of the canine's heart as he hides, anticipating his discovery by his human playmate. The hide-and-seek game continues until bedtime, when the little girl is tucked in by her mother. Then it's her turn to "hide" beneath the covers, her heart "thump, thumping," awaiting the pup's arrival and their snuggle time together. As the book is read aloud, the text's dynamic design and Hest's deliberate repetition of words and phrases encourage children to actively follow along.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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