Monday, October 15, 2007

The Hound from the Pound

The Hound from the Pound
by Jessica Swaim

illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Candlewick Press

ISBN 9780763623302

It is often said that dog is a man's best friend. It is also said that a cheesy crock of bean dip is a chick's best friend. But we chicks take umbrage at such crass generalizations, and we're here to say that we love both dogs and bean dip equally, although we don't advise mixing the two under any circumstances. But let's just focus on chicks and their pooches for a moment....

In Manchester Square, in a cottage of stone,

Miss Mary Lynn MacIntosh lived all alone.

The bedroom was cozy, the kitchen was clean,

but the days were too dreary, too doggone routine.

So begins Jessica Swaim's Hound from the Pound, a delightful wag of a tale about a lonely woman who finds companionship (and LOTS of it) from Blue, the titular hound from the pound, who invites all his friends over to hang at Miss Mary's:

Retrievers lined up at the toilet to drink.
Chihuahuas swam laps (muy bien!) in the sink.
A bloodhound got gummy bears stuck in his snout.
Shar-peis used the shower to steam wrinkles out.

Mary continues to be overrun by eager pound pups until Sam the Dog Trainer arrives just in time to save the day. The final spreads reveal a yappy ending for everyone (although Jill McElmurry's fashionista poodle bridesmaids do tend to steal the show!). Don't be surprised when kids holler AH-ROOooo and hound you for repeated readings of this fun romp!


sandra said...

This is delightful. The drawings yummy. Suddenly I am craving some spicey bean dip...

sandra said...

and more dogs!!!