Woodruff, Liza. Emerson Barks. Henry Holt, 2016. $16.99. ISBN 978162779167. Unp. Ages 6-10. P8 Q9
When Emerson’s bark scares the neighbor’s cat, causing her to run away, he is not allowed to bark. Although he loves to bark, the dog shows self-discipline and restraint in doing what his owner Eva needs him to do. Finally, he barks when he finds the neighbor’s lost cat, and everyone is grateful.
Verdict: The fun ending and cute illustration is enhanced by the meowing kittens that annoy the neighbor.
January 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.