CM . . .
. Volume IX
Number 5 . . . . November 1, 2002
Sally Dog Little.
Richardson. Illustrated by Céline Malépart.
Toronto, Annick Press, 2002.
24 pp., cloth, $17.95.
1-4 / Ages 6-9.
by Alison Mews.
...one day, a ghost
pirate and his ghost dog walked right through the wall of the house
and into the Littles' formal living room.
arf," said Sally Dog Little, for she knew that pirates were
also likely to be burglars. "Arf, arf, arf," she said,
and then for good measure she added, "Bow wow wow!"
cried Papa Little. He ran into the room carrying a poker with which
to poke the burglar.
cried Mama Little. She ran into the room carrying a skillet with
which to crack the burglar on the noggin.
cried Twinkle Little. She ran into the room carrying a camera with
which to take the burglars' picture, so that she would have something
for Show and Tell at school.
But when they reached
the living room, what did they see? Why, nothing at all.
moves in with the Little family, Sally Dog Little is taken aside by
each family member and is instructed on how a proper dog behaves.
She is eager to comply and happily settles into a life of walking
with Mama, cuddling with Twinkle and remaining alert for burglars
for Papa. When pirate ghosts appear and her warning barks result only
in reprimands from the Littles, who cannot see the ghosts, she knows
she has to take charge of the situation. Thus, with the Littles none
the wiser, she helps the pirates find their buried treasure and is
rewarded with a return to her peaceful existence AND a treasure of
cartoon characters have exaggerated heads, especially Sally Dog Little,
whose long snout and tiny eyes are comically disproportionate. They
perfectly suit Richardson's offbeat tale which, although original,
follows many traditional folkloric conventions. His Mama, Papa and
young child are reminiscent of the three bears, especially in the
repetitive structure of the trio's speech patterns. Unlike the fate
of poor Goldilocks, though, this tale has a surprising twist that
leaves the canine protagonist victorious. This story begs to be read
aloud and is a worthy addition to any storytelling repertoire.
Mews is the Head of the Curriculum Materials Centre at the Memorial
University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NF.
on this title or this review, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright © the Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal
use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any
other reproduction is prohibited without permission.
The Manitoba Library Association
NEXT REVIEW |TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THIS ISSUE
- November 1, 2002.
| TITLES | MEDIA REVIEWS
| BACK ISSUES
| SEARCH | CMARCHIVE