Even though Alex and his faithful canine companion Loki are the best of friends, they have differing opinions on such topics as saying hello, going down slides, and playing tug-of-war, but they always agree that a hug is the the best thing ever!
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Charles R. Smith Jr. has written and photographed three books about basketball for young people. The first, Rimshots, was an ALA Notable Children's Book.From Booklist:
Ages 5-8. A boy always knows what his best friend is thinking, or does he? As Alex (an African American boy of six or seven) and Loki (a small, mixed-breed dog) play together, each comments on what the other is doing or thinking. A clear, consistent design and on-target perspective leave no doubt about who is speaking. The humor lies in the well-meaning misinterpretations, both visual and textual. Alex begins the playground adventures by explaining that dogs see the world in black and white; so while Alex's viewpoints are expressed on pages with color photos, it's black-and-white for Loki. Each photograph features either Alex or Loki's view of the action. Alex looks down at Loki from atop the jungle gym. Though he'd like to bring Loki with him, "I don't think he'd like it." On the facing page, Loki looks at Alex hanging upside down from the jungle gym and begs, "Lemme climb up there." Skillfully blurred action shots and a breathless text convey Loki's energy. Close-ups of Alex show his loving concern. Inability to read minds aside, communication between these two friends is totally successful. Amy Brandt
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0525467009
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110525467009
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0525467009