I reviewed her book, Penguin, a few weeks ago.) This story has the same easy-to-read, spare text and fun illustrations as her other books.
This story is about Bertie, a boy who loves the color blue. He has blue shoes, a blue shirt, and a blue dog collar. And he really wants a blue dog to go with that blue dog collar. But he can't find a blue dog, so he pretends that he has one. Pretending you have a dog is, of course, better than not having a dog at all--but it's not as good as having a real one.
One day, Bertie finds the perfect little dog. But this dog is not blue; it's white with black spots. Bertie doesn't know what to do about that...until he comes up with the perfect solution: he names the dog Blue.
This is a good little story about accepting what we have. Little Boy loves it--who doesn't like a story about a boy and his dog? And the blue theme is a fun touch.
Written and illustrated by Polly Dunbar
Age range*: 3-6
My rating: 4 stars [out of five]
*Age ranges are very flexible.
Full disclosure: I don't receive any compensation for reviewing children's books--the books are usually just checked out from the local library.