A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
An encounter with a lion. Parents abandon their baby and then want her back.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the prose is fluid in this odd and old-fashioned story. The black-and white illustrations complement the text but are not appealing to today's readers.
Is It Any Good?
This fairy tale-like story is moody and full of droll humor, more often to the delight of adults than that of children. The five-line Mother Goose rhyme of the title is the inspiration for this story of a dog leaving home in search of excitement. The tale takes some strange turns, and has some unsettling moments -- such as parents having moved away and forgotten their baby -- that could give readers pause.
The overall look of the book is as old-fashioned as the story itself. Small, crosshatched, black-and-white illustrations are reminiscent of the artwork of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and may not hold the attention of today's readers, who are used to full-color and full-page spreads. Young children may like the dog and other animal characters, but they will not understand the archaic phrasing and may grow impatient with the low picture-to-text ratio.
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