Stella, Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse

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Stella’s got an opinion on everything: the baby ( cannot be trusted near tail”), her humans, the other pets, her sleeping requirements ( But for a truly peaceful rest, be advised: Your bed is best”), undignified doggie sweaters, and the dull dryness of kibble. She even waxes poetic on the exalted status of pups in Paris, who are welcome everywhere even in restaurants. And thanks to author Linda Ashman, who practically channels the canine mind, Stella expresses it all in a series of humorous verses that will have dog-loving kids laughing out loud. Add Paul Meisel’s fabulous illustrations, which convey every facet of Stella’s winning, wonderful, and wickedly funny personality, and who could resist?
 

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A tricolored stray mutt, Stella, finds just the right home and, being quite articulate, tells children all about it . . . in doggerel, no less. Ashman’s poems, each one about a different aspect of Stella’s new life and family, are lots of fun, recalling everything from how she ended up with just the right name to how she interacts with each of the puzzling humans with whom she lives: from the brother, who plays her favorite games; and the sister, who loves to dress-up; to the baby, who Stella feels is “best when confined to its chair.” Busy, gleeful pictures extend the comedy of Ashman’s verses, with Stella, alternately naughty and nice, at the center of it all—whether grudgingly accepting the purple veil she must wear to Sister’s tea, straight-arming Pop to forestall a tub bath, or luxuriating in a tummy rub. Pair this with Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel’s Mr. Mutt (2007) for a sunny, fun-filled canine storytime. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Stephanie Zvirin

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