________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2006

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A Dog Called Whatnot. (Red Bananas). 

Linda Newbery. Illustrated by Georgie Ripper. 
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2006.
48 pp., pbk. & cl., $7.16 (pbk.), $18.36 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1094-7 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1078-5 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Dogs-Juvenile fiction.
Allergy-Juvenile fiction.  

Grades 2-3 / Ages 7-8.

Review by Tanya Boudreau.  

*** ½ /4

excerpt: 

In the Main Street, while they waited at the crosswalk, a big Range Rover pulled up. A row of faces looked out from inside: three humans, and five collie dogs. 

A girl inside shouted, “That’s our dog!” All five collies tried to push their noses through the window at the same time, while the woman driver stopped and got out.   

Tim’s dream is about to come true -  maybe. His biggest dream is to own a friendly, energetic dog. One such dog does come along, but his sister, Louisa, is allergic to animal fur. Everyone in Tim’s family, especially Grandpa, loves the dog and wants to adopt him. Even Louisa, with her allergies, wants the dog to become part of the family. Tim’s mom is the one who cannot be convinced.  

     Whatnot, the dog, responds to his name; he walks well, if not a little excitedly, on improvised leashes; and he fetches a ball expertly. Whatnot is a little cowardly though, but this quality turns out to be a good thing for Tim and his family. That, and the fact that Louisa did well on the sneeze test! 

     Georgie Ripper’s illustrations are terrific, and the colors are vibrant. The illustrations of the characters and animals will appeal to children, especially the pictures when Tim and Whatnot are together. The speech bubbles add even more pizzazz to the illustrations. There is so much for young children to look at and read in this book.  

     This story about a boy and his dog brings in other subjects as well. Responsible pet ownership, friendship, and allergies are the other themes touched on in this story. Some children will be dreaming of meeting a Whatnot of their own - just as Tim did that one summer day in the park.  

Highly Recommended. 

Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB. 

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