Buster and the Baby

illus. by Polly Dunbar. 32p. Candlewick. Dec. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763687878.
Toddler-PreS—The unbreakable bond between a child and a dog is explored in this simple yet touching book. "Thump, Thump, Thump. In the little red house, a dog ducks under the table." The little pup named Buster hides from the toddler of the house but each time he settles down to wait…"Chaaa!…" the baby comes dashing toward him. Bumping noses, chasing a tail, throwing peas, and playing ball are all common activities for the canine/child duo. The little girl and her pet keep each other busy all day until day turns to night and the baby is tucked into bed. This time the roles are reversed and as baby lays quietly in bed, "Chaaa!…" the puppy jumps into bed and snuggles in for a long night's rest alongside his forever friend. Pencil-and-watercolor illustrations bring the characters to life while maintaining a soft and calming mood to make this a delightful bedtime story.
VERDICT Recommended for general purchase to a picture book collection that includes bedtime stories for babies and toddlers.

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