Is There a Dog in This Book?

Is There a Dog in This Book? illus. by Viviane Schwarz. 32p. Candlewick. Oct. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763669911. LC 2013955681.
PreS-Gr 1—The three feline protagonists from There Are Cats in This Book (2008) and There Are No Cats in this Book (2010, both Candlewick) are back. As the latest title suggests, the cats (Tiny, Moonpie, and Andre) quickly confirm that there is, in fact, a dog in this book. With the exception of Tiny, the cats are very hesitant and a little fearful to encounter a dog. As in the previous books, the dialog is directed at readers, who "help" the cats by lifting a series of flaps throughout the book. As readers unfold the sofa, a fluffy purple dog is discovered, resulting in the cats hiding in a closet, piano, and suitcase. Soon though, the cats conquer their fears and befriend the dog. They encourage readers to do the same, but the dog becomes frightened and must again be found among the flaps. The bold, simple illustrations stand out against the double-spread blank background and minimal setting details. This fun, interactive book is a joy.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

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