Monday, March 8, 2010

Campfire Tales

I doubt we could count the number of books written about a boy and his dog. But what if the dog is really a pig named “Dog”?

LUCKY JAKE, by Sharon Hart Addy, illustrated by Wade Zahares, Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

And what if this Gold Rush story is itching to escape onto the page from an author who knows how to spin a yarn just right for young listeners? And what if Jake's western adventures are not quite what you'd expect? And what if the illustrator leads readers with sure steps from vivid sunsets to purple blue shadows that blanket Jake and his gold panning father and Dog at the end of each day?

Well then, you’d be lucky, too–-you and that young listener on your lap.

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