Description from GoodReads:
Beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo and cartoonist Harry Bliss introduce some delightfully doggy dogs in a warm, funny tale of a timid pup who needs a friend.
Rosie is a good dog and a faithful companion to her owner, George. She likes taking walks with George and looking at the clouds together, but the closest she comes to another dog is when she encounters her reflection in her empty dog bowl, and sometimes that makes Rosie feel lonely. One day George takes Rosie to the dog park, but the park is full of dogs that Rosie doesn't know, which makes her feel lonelier than ever. When big, loud Maurice and small, yippy Fifi bound over and want to play, Rosie's not sure how to respond. Is there a trick to making friends? And if so, can they all figure it out together?
Quick thoughts on the book:
I have been looking forward to this book and recently had a chance to read it. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. The size was not quite a standard picture book nor was it a typical early reader. It happens to be somewhere in between.
Once you open the book, you realize that it defies further classification. Inside the book, it was also not quite a picture book and not quite an early reader and not quite a comic book format, but really a little of all of it rolled into one.
DiCamillo, in nine short chapters, tells the story of a dog named Rosie. Initially, Rosie is lonely. She likes her owner George but something is missing. At first, Rosie isn't sure that the dog park was the solution to her loneliness. However, over time, Rosie develops an unlikely friendship with Fifi and Maurice.
Fans of dog books, especially ones where the dog does not die, will come to love Rosie and her friends. I do look forward to possible future Rosie books. Now is it too much to ask for a second book that features cats?
Look for a copy of Good Rosie! at your local independent bookstore or public library.
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