Write a Review Wednesday: Little Lost Dog

Say it Rah-shay By Jan 04, 2012 No Comments

From Publishers Weekly:

Debut author/illustrator Carnesi’s cartoon-styled watercolors and spare text provide a suspenseful yet reassuring account of the real-life rescue of a dog that was swept out into the Baltic Sea on an ice floe in January 2010. Direct, almost halting snippets of narration bring readers in close to the action: “Something is moving in the water! What is it? Is it a bird? No. A fish? No. It’s a DOG!” Modest illustrations in a limited and muted palette of blue, white, red, and brown take audiences right up to the river’s edge to squint at the small figure stranded far out on an ice sheet. The next spread zeroes in on a closeup of the confused canine. The artwork’s perspective continually shifts, giving the tale a cinematic frame-by-frame quality, before settling aboard the Polish ship, the Baltica, that finally rescues the dog. Warm and dry, the dog is christened Baltic, eventually becoming a member of the research vessel’s crew. The book’s small trim size complements the cozy, feel-good conclusion. More details and photographs of Baltic are included in an author’s note. Ages 3–5. (Jan.)

I had a chance to check out an advance reader copy of Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic this book and am excited for the final project. Author/illustrator Monica Carnesi does a fantastic job making this true story about a dog adrift a tale that adults and children will enjoy. Simple illustrations extend the story of a the unlucky Dog who suddenly appears on a piece of floating ice.

General Considerations:
This story will read well with a crowd and a smaller audience. This is based on a true story and would be a great way to introduce world events to younger readers.

Also, shameless self promotion: Monica will be a guest at my library (the Lansdowne Public Library) on Saturday, February 24th! February is Love Your Animal Month at the library and she will share her book. You can get your own copy. Please call 610-623-0239 ext 5 for information.



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