Fergus, Maureen. A Dog Day for Susan. Illustrated by Monica Arnaldo. Owlkids Books, 2016. $18.95. ISBN 978-1-77147-144-2. 32 p. Grades PreK-2. P7Q8
Spencer and his dog, Barney, meet Great-Aunt Alice and her stuffy dog, Susan. Spencer and his family are very surprised at how little Susan acts like a dog. She won’t sniff, eats people food off of plates and doesn’t even wag her tail! The Spencer and Barney decide to spend the day teaching Susan how to be a real dog by taking her to the dog park, letting her eat garbage, and getting dirty. The boy and the 2 dogs end up great friends much to Great-Aunt Alice’s dismay.
Verdict: I really enjoyed this book. The child and the dogs are very lovable and you really want Susan to get a feel for being a dog that belongs to a boy that loves to play and get dirty instead of the repressed dog she is in the beginning of the story. I think boys and girls will love this book and parents will find it is pretty cute too. I think the underlying message that you should express yourself and not hold everything in is subtle but easy to understand. The pictures are a lot of fun too!
October 2016 review by Vanessa Clausing.