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The Good Dog by Todd Kessler

Review from Booklist: In Blue’s Clues creator Kessler’s sequel to The Good Dog (2015), a thief strikes the Happy Family Bakery. At first just a few pastries go missing—a cupcake here, a cherry chewbilee there—but then a picture disappears from its frame, followed by another item each day. Luckily, Tako (the family dog) is on the case and manages to catch the sticky-pawed cat burglar and chase her from the bakery. Allie the cat continues to turn up around the neighborhood, filching snacks and getting into fights with Tako, but eventually she gets into some serious trouble. As Tako grows worried about Allie’s safety, he realizes that maybe all the cat really needs is a home and a friend. This long-form picture book offers a lengthier story to youngsters who might not be ready for chapter books. Though the book is more than 100 pages, watercolor illustrations cover each page and keep the story moving. The result is a sweet account of friendship and adventure that will please kids for whom one picture book is never enough.— Julia Smith

Next Week

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Review from Booklist: Semple returns to ground she covered in Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (2012), with an artistic antiheroine fumbling through her life of privilege as an NYC transplant to Seattle. Married to a celebrity hand doctor and 10 years separated from her career as a groundbreaking animator, Eleanor Flood spends her days studying poetry with an untenured professor and thinking acerbic thoughts about the other moms at her precocious son’s private school. Having lunch with a former minion breaks something free in Eleanor’s past, and her life falls apart over the course of an afternoon. Readers learn details of her backstory and will sympathize despite the seemingly trivial nature of her troubles (Sticking her foot in her mouth with her poetry teacher! Estrangement from her sister! Her husband’s absence from his practice! Her son’s enjoyment of makeup!). Hilarious and touching, this will satisfy Semple’s numerous fans and gain her new ones. Give this to readers of women’s fiction, Seattle denizens and aspiring residents, and people reviewing their lives and choices.

— Alene Moroni

Author Extra

This Week's Guest:

Todd Kessler

In a Well Read first, we are turning over our time to the subject of children's books.  Todd Kessler, co-creator and Executive Producer of one of the most successful series in the history of children’s television – Blues Clues - is turning his attention to young readers.  The author of Good Dog and Good Dog, Bad Cat discusses his goal to transform children’s books, literacy and our concept of their understanding and learning abilities

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Bookmarks by Mary Ann Gwinn

Childrens Books from Well-Known Authors of Adult Books Many authors known for their books for adults have tried their hand at writing for children, sometimes with great success.  Here's five to try. get the full list >

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