Dream Dog: A book review

Cover art for Dream Dog by David Catrow

SILVER SPRING, Md, May 12, 2014 – Harry wanted a dog. Unfortunately Harry’s dad had a sensitive nose and dogs make him sneeze. To try to assuage Harry’s desire for a pet, his father bought him a lizard. Harry tried to like the lizarad, after all, it did change colors. But sometimes Harry could not find it because it blended in with its surroundings and it only moved twice a day. It was a boring pet, and so Harry gave the lizard to his friend Matilda.

Harry still wanted a dog. Knowing his father would never give him one, he put on his x-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet. With the help of his imagination helmet he created a dog from his own thoughts. Suddenly, poof! There was a perfect dog in his bedroom, one that matched everything Harry wanted.

Harry named his new companion Waffle, and they ran out to play. From that day on they did everything together. Harry’s father could not see waffle, and neither could Matilda, but that did not bother Harry. Then one day dad Harry’s father discovered his nose was not so sensitive any longer. So, for Harry’s birthday his father brought home a big surprise: a real dog.

At first Harry didn’t know what to do. The real dog did not seem to be able to see Waffle either, so he could not introduce them. Harry had the idea of letting the new dog wear his imagination helmet. Harry was convinced it had worked and that the two dogs would get along. He named the new dog Bumper and together, Harry, Waffle and Bumper ran out of the house and to the park to play. They ran and played until Waffle started chasing clouds and lept into the sky and kept going, disappearing into the clouds now that Harry had Bumper.

As many children have imaginary friends at some point to keep them company, this is a story that will appeal to a wide audience. It shows the power of imagination and how it can help a child through a tough time. The artwork is whimsical, and the portrayal of Waffle, the imaginary dog, is ethereal and seems like he really is made of imagination.

Author Lou Berger is no stranger to writing for children. He is the former head writer for Sesame Street for which he is a ten-time Emmy Award winner. Illustrator David Catrow is a former newspaper cartoonist who has provided the art to bring to life the worlds and characters of almost five dozen children’s books.

Dream Dog (ISBN: 978-0-375-86655-5) by Lou Berger and illustrated by David Catrow was published on February 20, 2014 by Random House Children’s Books. It is available as a hardcover or ebook.

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