Publishers Weekly Review
Massie and Walker deliver a stylish primer on letters, numbers, dogs, and cars through a series of vehicles that become increasingly packed with canines. The rhyming text emphasizes the growing number of dogs, but readers will soon notice that the animals are appearing in alphabetical order. Even more impressively, the vehicles do, too; the makes and models aren't explicitly identified, giving gearhead parents a chance to impress their kids. "Three Welsh corgis/ trying to work a jack" accompanies a shot of a Citroen 2CV with a flat tire, while "Four spotted Dalmatians/ trying to get back" shows the foursome leaning out the window of a DeLorean leaving a trail of flames in its wake. The collaborators use the same overhead perspective for each scene, useful for peering down into the cars' crowded interiors, and their clean lines and flattened shapes showcase the details that make each dog and vehicle distinct. The rhymes aren't always entirely successful ("Eleven King Charles spaniels/ paying a bridge toll/ Twelve naughty Labradors/ unrolling toilet roll"), but there's still a lot to enjoy-including a surprise for cat-lovers. Ages 3-7. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1-Cleverly combining dogs, cars, and letters, this delightful counting book provides an engaging way for young ones to learn the sequence of the alphabet. This fetching title features well-known critters such as Afghan hounds and Labradors and more exotic breeds including Volpinos and Zuchons riding around in fanciful vehicles. The detailed and imaginative illustrations are sure to captivate prereaders as they count each cute canine to make sure things tally up. For example, inquisitive tykes will want to determine that there truly are nine Irish setters in the SUV, 13 yapping Maltese in the red convertible, and 18 Rottweilers cruising in the shiny limo. VERDICT Toddlers and preschoolers will be keen to share this title again and again as they explore letters, numbers, and a whimsical array of dogs and cars.-Mary Jennings, Camano Island Library, WA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.