Help Me, Mr. Mutt! Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems

Janet Stevens, Author, Susan Stevens Crummel, Author, Janet Stevens, Illustrator
Janet Stevens, Author, Susan Stevens Crummel, Author, Janet Stevens, Illustrator . l, illus. by Janet Stevens Harcourt $17 (56p) ISBN 978-0-15-204628-6
Reviewed on: 04/21/2008
Release date: 04/01/2008
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Every dog has its rough day now and then, which in this high-energy picture book calls for a letter to Mr. Mutt, Canine Counselor. Whether addressing a dog put on a diet by his people, or a pooch who's scolded for barking too much, Mr. Mutt offers a written note of nuts-and-bolts advice (to the hungry dog, he recommends searching the trash, etc.) and anti-cat commentary. His snooty, tiara-wearing cat companion, The Queen, takes issue with his “catty remarks,” writing rebuttals on pink stationery. Similar to Mark Teague's Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School in both theme and epistolary format, this sister act's (The Great Fuzz Frenzy ) effort lacks LaRue 's narrative flow and clever situational humor. Stevens's mixed-media scenes of the pets' ultimate altercation contain the most fun: The Queen demonstrates her prowess with a digitally manipulated ball of yarn as she, taking umbrage at a feline insult, keeps her canine cohort too “tied up” to help his correspondents out of the doghouse. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)

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