Mr. and Mrs. Portly and Their Little Dog, Snack

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When Mrs. Amanda Portly looks into Snack’s hopeful brown eyes, she just can’t resist bringing him home. For the next week the two are inseparable, and Snack even helps Mrs. Portly capture the true spirit of red dahlias in one of her paintings. Then Mr. Portly comes home from his fishing trip. Mr. Portly likes art and he likes beauty, but he does not like dogs—and Snack is banished to a doghouse outside. How can Snack win over Mr. Portly’s persnickety heart?

The surprising way Snack manages to prove that he is not only an art lover but man’s best friend as well is exuberantly illustrated by Christine Davenier.

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SANDRA JORDAN is the creator of two other picture books and the co-author, with Jan Greenberg, of several books for children about art and artists, including Chuck Close Up Close, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book. She lives in New York City. CHRISTINE DAVENIER has illustrated many picture books, including Nobody Here but Me by Judith Viorst and Me I Am! by Jack Prelutsky. She lives in Paris, France.

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Grade 1–3—Happily installed in his new home, Snack, an adorable puppy impulsively adopted by Mrs. Portly, is taught the household rules, keeps his mistress good company, and inspires her to new heights in her work as a painter. And upon his return home, persnickety Mr. Portly, an esthete, is suitably impressed with his wife's new artistic output, especially her capture of "the true spirit of red dahlias." But he also reacts predictably to Snack's licks, muddy paw prints, and newspaper chewing and banishes the dog to a doghouse. It's a serendipitous move: when a thief breaks into the Portlys' home, Snack scares him away and leads his owners to the bag of paintings hastily flung into the dahlia bed. His crime-busting earns him a move back indoors—and right into Mr. and Mrs. Portly's bed. Handsomely designed and illustrated, this title pairs stylish New Yorker-like watercolor and black line drawings with uncoated, vellum stock to convey a tangible feeling of sophistication and elegance. The witty, urbane story line is well matched by the illustrations' energy, flair, and ebullient use of color. This tale of a refined middle-aged couple coming to terms with the ruckus and love offered by an endearing puppy is sure to evoke knowing chuckles from adult dog lovers, but children may not relate to it.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT END

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