Meet Nellie Belle, a loveable pup who has fun, fun, fun everywhere she goes in this picture book from the author of Baby Bedtime and Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!
On the beach, in the yard, even in the park in the dark—Nellie Belle always has fun. But what’s the most fun of all? Why snuggling in bed with her best friend Ted, of course!
With terrific rhyme, sweet characters, and a cozy ending, this picture book from Mem Fox is just right for reading aloud to little ones. And illustrator Mike Austin’s darling dog makes it especially irresistible!
Fox (Baby Bedtime) supplies the sweetly cadenced rhymes and Austin (Fire Engine No. 9) the visual comedy as they follow an eager brown dog from home to the beach and back. After digging in the backyard and running into a baker, guitarist, and a few children on the street, Nellie Belle tussles with seagulls and a crab before playing in the water with a seal: "Is it fun in the sea, Nellie Belle, Nellie Belle?/ Is it fun in the sea, Nellie Belle?/ Swimming fast and swimming free,/ in the sea, in the sea / is it fun in the sea, Nellie Belle?" Austin, working digitally, uses overlapping shapes and marblelike textures to create a cheerful seaside town for Nellie Belle; a run-in with some possums in a dark corner of a park sends the dog scooting back home to snuggle up with the teddy bear she left behind in the yard. It's an energetic, romping story from start to finish, yet counterbalanced by the soothing repetitions and rhythms of Fox's verse. Ages 4 8. Illustrator's agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content.