Mister Bud has a schedule. Things like wake-up time, nap time, snooze time, and shift-position-and-rest-some-more time are carefully planned. And everyone in his house follows his schedule. Then disaster: A strange dog comes home at make-a-fuss time and throws off the whole schedule! Zorro is his name. And he is bossy. Mister Bud and Zorro want nothing to do with each other— until they discover they like the same things. Everything becomes more fun with two…as long as everyone follows the schedule. Playful text and illustrations from a master animator give these two pups such personality, they’ll melt the hearts of dog-lovers everywhere.
This stylish exploration of canine sibling rivalry gains from Goodrich's (The Hermit Crab) understated humor, sharp eye for the nuances of domestic relationships, and talent for painting lumpy sleeping dogs. Mister Bud a hound of indeterminate breed with an enormous, moist snout has something even more important than possessions. "He had his own schedule. And everybody stuck to the schedule." When a small pug named Zorro shows up at "Greet and Make a Fuss Time," backs arch and tempers rise. Goodrich's judicious use of one or two sentences per picture heightens the tension as the dogs clash. "Zorro had his own things, and he could be bossy," says one page; Zorro is in an armchair next to a ridiculous number of stuffed toys. "Mister Bud had his own things, and he could be grumpy," reads the next. Naturally the two become best friends, but don't look for childlike sincerity. Although kids may not immediately grasp the idea that Mister Bud's curmudgeonly habits symbolize the foibles that are likely to trip up human friendships, they will respond to Goodrich's polished comic timing. Ages 4 8.
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Say Hello to Zorro!
Wonderful to see Carter Goodrich's excellent illustrations, but quite disappointed to see them reproduced at too low a resolution.