A curious dog wanders off sniffing his way through the neighborhood ending up lost in an unfamiliar area. Through unintentionally helping a friend and following his nose he finds his way home.
Author: Lynn Johnston & Beth Cruikshank
Illustrator: Lynn Johnston
Length: 40 pages, 5-62 words per page
Word Choice: This delightfully believable story of a dog who wanders off following smells, exploring new parts of town and meeting people is well written and designed. We enjoyed all the sniffing sounds and the wavy rainbow of scents. While the wording and layout wouldn’t be suitable for a beginner reader, a young reader with good phonics skills (perhaps grade 3) should be able to read this picture book independently.
Illustrations: Colourful, lively drawings in Johnston’s signature For Better or For Worse style. The characters including Farley are expressive and animated. The variety in the layout is creative and easy to follow.
Read-aloud-ability: This book is engaging and a lovely story, it makes an enjoyable read aloud even to little kids. I did not get tired of reading it at all.
Additional thoughts: Though the publisher recommends this book for ages 4-8, my 22 month old loved it and could sit through it repeatedly. The pictures and story are perfect for young and old. This would be a winner for a preschool story time or reading aloud to a multi-age group.
Kids’ Vote: 4 Stars
Parents’ Vote: 4 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars