Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs by Wendy Wahman, Henry Holt, 2009
Not sure if he is endorsing children's books but I think Cesar Millan would give this book a thumbs-up. Wendy Wahman has created a sweet rhyming text to guide children through the steps of interacting with and meeting and greeting dogs.
The illustrations really star with two page spreads and bright color wheel inspired pictures.
Dogs of every variety make stylized and smiling appearances in a way that reminded me of the opening sequence of the animated movie, 101 Dalmations. With simple strokes and lines, Wahman manages to create real dogs and children who regard each other with interest. When children need to avoid a nervous or angry dog, the text warns them to stand quietly and let the dog walk away or "cross your arms and turn your back when Jake jumps up and barks like that."
The advice is delivered in rhyme which makes it an easy and oh-so-enjoyable read-aloud.
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