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By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Spare text and evocative art capture dog's beach adventure.

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The heart of Fetch is in the art; though it's a simple story -- dog chases red ball -- it feels like high adventure. The dog crashes through waves and paddles next to leaping dolphins. In two of the spreads, Hurley cleverly turns the book sideways so the longer spreads can depict the mysterious depths of the ocean. Overall, she conveys the exuberance of play and freedom at the beach.

The spare text works well with the evocative art, though some of the verbs are more fun and vivid than others: "splash" vs. the more abstract "meet"; "shake" vs. the more pedestrian "run." But the text is not the main attraction. Parents and kids alike can take pleasure in the bounding dog, let loose to play on the beach.

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