"Dashing dog! Dashing dog!
Oh, what a sight to see!"
When a dashing dog gets into messy mischief, his family is exasperated. Then baby Betty falls off the jetty, and it's up to the brave dashing dog to save the day. Can this bedraggled puppy prove that looks aren't everything?
Award-winning author Margaret Mahy's canine caper will tickle young readers until they sit up and beg for more!
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Margaret Mahy has written more than one hundred and fifty books for children and has won many awards. These include two Carnegie Medals (England's highest children's literary honor), as well as numerous citations from the American Library Association. Margaret Mahy lives in New Zealand with her dog, Baxter.
Sarah Garland is both a writer and an illustrator, and she has published more than forty books for children. The artist lives in a small village in the Cotswolds in England. She spends as much time as possible in New Zealand, where she first met Margaret Mahy and immediately became a fan.From School Library Journal:
reSchool-Grade 2-Rhyming verse tells the story of a "cleaned up and curlicued" poodle on a seaside jaunt with his human family. "What a delight to be/Greeting a dog that is brushed-up-and-downery/Dare-devil-daring, and dog-about-townery." Like any self-respecting canine, however, dashing dog likes nothing better than to mess with seagulls, seaweed, errant Frisbees, and other four-legged furry friends. "Straggling and salty, and spotted and sandified/Somehow our dog is no longer so dandified." Just when the family is thoroughly exasperated with their pup's antics, baby Betty (the only character with a name) wanders off. Young readers will spot her toddling away in the corner of the page, and so does the pooch, who rescues her as she tumbles into the sea and becomes a hero, "draggling and dripping- but utterly beautiful." Garland's breezy pastel-colored illustrations are a good match for the action. A predictable tale by a prolific author, told with lively and imaginative wordplay.
Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY
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