Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Before Ben leaves his rambunctious dog, Buster, with his grandfather while he’s away on vacation, the boy draws up extensive illustrated instructions for Buster’s care. The notes, integrated throughout Latimer’s story, include lists of Buster’s likes (“Sleeping on Dad’s pillow”) and dislikes (“Sad movies” like Old Yeller), and images of things (like the moon and clouds) that Buster will chase. Ben sends postcards with additional notes for Grandpa, who gives Buster some serious obedience training after an ill-fated—and hilarious—trip to the post office. It’s a funny take on loving an “exhausting” dog, and the way that training can help a dog make big strides with its behavior. Most of the time. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)