Scout, the lovable puppy of Puppy Diaries fame, stars in her own picture book
Poor Scout. She wants so much to make friends with the other dogs at the dog park. She tries all her best puppy tricks--splashing, playing keepaway--but the older dogs ignore her. At the end of the day, she still has only one friend: her favorite toy, Baby. But Scout is determined to win over the other dogs, and she will, even if she does it in her own special, goofy way.
Sisters Jill Abramson and Jane O'Connor have collaborated on this warm and funny picture book based on Jill's popular New York Times blog and book, Puppy Diaries, and told in Scout's charmingly clueless voice.
Co-written by sisters, this book is drawn from the blog and subsequent adult book, The Puppy Diaries, by New York Times executive editor and devoted dog owner Abramson. Like O'Connor's Fancy Nancy, Scout is a self-assured hero, as evidenced by the white puppy's spirited, childlike narration ("Ooh ooh! Guess what! Today we're going to the park, because I'm big enough now for real friends"). Scout's eager voice and Melmon's (Labracadabra) pencil-and-watercolor cartoons work in cheerful tandem to convey the puppy's ingenuousness and exuberance. Scout is determined to make friends on her first trip to the dog park, but her efforts to join in the fun backfire. Repeatedly chiming "Ready or not, here I come!" the rambunctious Scout overwhelms and annoys her peers disrupting their games and splashing wildly in the "puppy pool" until she takes the time to learn proper play decorum. In a second lesson that also applies to two-legged playmates, Scout discovers how to deal with an irritable puppy that isn't quite ready to play with others. Light yet thoughtful, this smooth collaboration is a surefire child and parent pleaser. Ages 4 6.