Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Review - The Very Very Very Long Dog

The Very Very Very Long Dog

by Julia Patton
Date: 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Bartelby is a very long and lovable dachshund who lives in a bookstore. He has a lovely set of friends who take him for walks through the city, but he has no idea that his bumbling backside leaves a trail of destruction and accidents behind him. Embarrassed that he has no control over his back end, Bartelby vows to never leave the cozy bookstore again. Can his friends help him find a way to help himself?

This beautifully illustrated picture book features silly fun along with an important message: that we love our friends not in spite of their flaws, but because of them.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is a picture book with a goofy premise. Can a dog be so long that he doesn't know what his back end is getting up to?

Unfortunately for Bartelby, the answer is yes. Every time he's taken out for a walk by his friends, his rear causes mayhem... and he doesn't even realize it! When he does, he's so embarrassed that he takes refuge in the bookstore and refuses to come out... until his friends come up with a way to tame that pesky posterior.

The illustrations are cute and the whole idea is kind of funny. I'm sure kids will be amused, but I found the story just a bit too silly.

Dog lovers (and especially dachshund lovers) might enjoy this one. It's worth a look if you're in the mood for something light and ridiculous.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.33 out of 5

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