Author(s): Written by Todd Kessler, Illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olson
Publisher: Coral Stone Press, 2015.
From the Publisher:
“The mantra among today’s major publishers is that picture books should be no more than 500-700 words. Why do content providers have such a persistently low expectation of young children? Have they forgotten their own childhoods, when they loved longer books such as Dr. Seuss’ The Loraxand Horton Hears a Who (both, like The Good Dog, more than 2,000 words)?” —Todd Kessler, author, from his USA TodayOp-Ed entitled Parents, Don't Buy Myth of Short Attention Span..............
Everyone likes a good story. You have to think for yourself. Taking risks is scary but can have a big payoff. These common sense statements are at the heart of a new children’s book, The Good Dog. They are also central to its author, Todd Kessler, a creator of the game-changing children’s television show Blue’s Clues. Kessler said he hopes that Good Dog will have the same kind of transformative effect on children’s books, literacy and our concept of their understanding and learning abilities that Blue’s Clues did for children’s television. - The Miami Herald - Jordan Levin
“As parents, it’s our responsibility to lay down rules for our children, but there’s no rule that fits every situation. We must discover a deeper responsibility—to nurture our children’s own instincts for truth and fairness. The Good Dog is an outstanding story that instills children with a sense of their own inner capacity for smart decision making.” —Barry Michels, MSW, coauthor, The Tools
Discovering that sometimes you have to be a little bad to be very good, Tako the puppy makes a brave choice in this adventure tale and proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. When 8-year-old Ricky Lee finds a puppy on the side of the road, he takes him home and names him Tako. Ricky’s mom and dad agree to let Tako stay under one condition: he must be a good dog who always follows the rules—or it’s off to the pound he goes. Tako wants more than anything to be a good dog and stay with Ricky, but when the Lees open Happy Family Bakery and a competing store owner sets out to sabotage the shop, Tako has to break the rules to protect Ricky and his family.
Hardcover. 96 pages. Age Range: 5-7 Years. 8.8" x 9.4".