Buster and the Baby
Buster and the Baby
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Annotation: Buster the dog and a baby engage in a playful game of chase all day. When nighttime comes, they're still bonding.
Catalog Number: #148815
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Dunbar, Polly,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-8787-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-8787-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017958637
Dimensions: 25 x 28 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
An energetic toddler plays hide-and-seek with her dog, a small but spunky canine named Buster.In the course of their play, the fluffy white dog tries to hide under a table, behind a chair, and behind a huge, stuffed toy bear. The unnamed little girl always finds Buster, charging at him with a loud "CHAAA!" that makes Buster's heart thump. The toddler, who looks about 18 months or so, is full of the typical energy and antics of a child her age, charging through the house, knocking over a vase of flowers, and tossing peas in the air with wild abandon. When the child is finally tucked into bed at night, Buster leaps onto her bed with a "CHAAA!" of his own. In a satisfying conclusion, the dog is cuddled up in the girl's arms, with their hearts beating together. The little girl's mother and father are present but don't have much interaction or control over dog or daughter; the family is white. Digitally composed illustrations have a cheerful charm, with particularly funny expressions on Buster's face. A few illustrations have several side-by-side images of Buster in motion, which may be interpreted by younger readers as multiple dogs rather than as a progression of just one. The emphasis on heartbeats and the thumping noise of a beating heart are also concepts that may be beyond toddlers' comprehension. An amusing tale with heart that preschoolers will enjoy. (Picture book. 3-5)
Publishers Weekly
Anyone who has played hide and seek will recognize that it-s knowing you will be found-but not knowing exactly when-that makes the game irresistible. Hest (Are You Sure, Mother Bear?) and Dunbar (I Will Not Wear Pink) offer ample proof as their characters, a white terrier named Buster and an unnamed toddler, embrace their roles as hider and seeker with comical cunning. Buster hides under or behind one of the large objects in the house (-Go, Buster. Go, Buster. Go, Buster, go!-) and waits for the desired discovery, his heart racing in anticipation (-thump, thump, thump!-). The wily toddler finds him (-chaaa!-), a celebration breaks out, and the game is on again. Readers will feel as though they-re in the thick of the fun thanks to the exclamations and exhortations that punctuate the narration, as well as the inviting energy of the sunny-hued pictures, which give the familiar rhythms and tensions of the game delicious immediacy. A page doesn-t go by without a wonderful moment: in one round of the game, the toddler announces her presence by dropping peas, one by one, onto Buster-s head. Ages 2-5. (Oct.)

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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-K

What could be more endearing than the bond between a baby and a puppy? A sweet and spirited tale from two picture-book masters.

In the little red house, a dog ducks under the table. He waits and watches and waits some more as his heart goes thump, thump, thump. And then . . . CHAAA! Out of the shadows comes the baby, squealing and whirling and bumping his nose! Go Buster, go Buster, go! Is behind the blue chair a good place to hide? With beautifully tender artwork and an engaging repetitive text, author Amy Hest and illustrator Polly Dunbar follow two little ones in a breathless game of chase — winding up in a heart-tugging role reversal sure to sweeten readers’ dreams.

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