Theo the puppy (part-Boxer, part-Shepherd, part-Labrador, part-Sharpei) didn't have a home until he was rescued by Beau, a twenty-three-month-old toddler, and his family from an animal shelter in Santa Cruz. Read more...
Theo the puppy (part-Boxer, part-Shepherd, part-Labrador, part-Sharpei) didn't have a home until he was rescued by Beau, a twenty-three-month-old toddler, and his family from an animal shelter in Santa Cruz. The two of them instantly became the best of friends. Each day, at nap time, Theo waits patiently for Beau to fall asleep, then curls up next to or on top of him—an adorable and beautiful image of friendship and trust.
Theo and Beau are already a viral sensation thanks to the gorgeous, ""unbearably adorable,"" ""utterly charming,"" photos that author (and Beau's mother) Jessica Shyba has been posting on her popular blog Momma's Gone City. And now, she's combed through her hundreds of pictures to find the very sweetest and matched them to a charming bedtime story to make a picture book that is (as Alyssa Milano said of the blog) ""so cute it hurts."" beauty, and he's impossible to forget.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-11-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Real life never offers opportunities to sing with birds perched on one’s shoulder à la Snow White or have a talking bear for a mentor like Mowgli. But Shyba’s photos of co-napping between her toddler son, Beau, and the family’s mixed-breed rescue puppy, Theo, do a fine job of tapping into our primal fantasies of deep communion with animals. Shyba photographs the sleeping pair from a variety of loving, close-up angles, showing them back to back, in frontal embraces, and in several variations that involve Theo cuddled into some endearing crook formed by Beau’s body (one photo has the puppy snuggled into the space between Beau’s shoulder and neck). The book is based on Shyba’s popular blog and Instagram feed and has zero literary pretensions: the text consists of brief, literal captions like “Cheek to cheek and bottom to bottom.” Lover of cute dogs and cuter kids will find plenty to smile and sigh over in these ultra-sweet images. Ages 2–5. (Feb.)