Pepper, Poe and Dug

pepperPepper & Poe

Frann Preston-Gannon
Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015

Pepper is a grey cat who is very happy with his (her?) life. He loves Sunday curled up asleep near his human, Monday playing with yarn and Tuesday tormenting the dog. But Wednesday – terrible Wednesday – his human brings home Poe, an adorable white kitten that Poe absolutely does not like. He spends the rest of the week trying to get away from Poe and then by Saturday, Pepper has had enough, but not Poe. Together they create a huge disaster and when the human asks who did it? They both blame the dog!! After that, Pepper warms up to Poe.

This an adorable picture book about learning to get along by finding some common ground – like blaming everything on the dog. Whatever works! The illustrations are very cute and digitally created. The type is large enough for early readers; the font (called Litterbox ICG) is a little wonky but I don’t think it presents too big of a challenge to kids or kittens.

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dugMy Name is Dug

Kiki Thorpe
Illustrated by Ronnie del Carmen
Disney Press, 2009

Do you remember the movie, Up? If you do, what a fun movie! One of the best parts of the whole balloon/house adventure was the dog, Dug. He was so funny! And remember his ‘cone of shame’? Too funny. This book is about Dug while he searches for the rare and exotic bird his master wants so much.  He enlists the readers’ help buy asking if you can help him find the bird, but is all too often distracted too easily and can’t seem to locate the bird. He also has an obsession with peanut butter. This would be a really great read-out loud story-time book because Dug needs the help of his audience. Unfortunately the book is out-of-print so readers will have to search for it on a secondary market or at their library – but it is well worth the search!!

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Rating for both books:  4 paws

simon 2 locReviewer: Simon

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