Hound From the Pound
Published by Candlewick Press
Lonely Miss Mary longs for a four-legged friend. But when she makes the mistake of choosing the untrained basset hound Blue, no sooner does he howl AH-ROOoooooo! than her house has gone to the dogs! Dalmatians and dachshunds, sheepdogs and setters, poodles and pups of all spots are ruling the roost. Can Sam the canine trainer teach this menagerie some pawsitive tricks? A charmingly illustrated, rollicking text offers a doggone good time and a perfectly happy ending.
. . . Swaim's rollicking text unfolds in rhyming couplets with some humorous wordplay and inserted sound effects of the basset hound's distinctive howls at the end of funny strings of descriptions of the dogs' behavior. The bouncy text is well complemented by McElmurry's cheerful gouache illustrations full of leaping dogs and muddy footprints tracked all over Mary's cozy house. Dog lovers will enjoy the antics of this happy bunch. — Kirkus Reviews
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© 2012 Jill McElmurry