Parents' Guide to

Not Afraid of Dogs

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sweet, poignant story of overcoming fear.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

toddler fun? more like slobber done!!

i think this book was the absolute worst one i've ever read to my class! they didn't even bother taking an AR test because they didn't even understand the plot! nor did this have any story arcs! i wouldn't bother reading this! such a disappointment

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Susanna Pitzer shows the story in simple, clear text that lets readers draw their own conclusions. Before the text even starts, Larry Day draws readers in with his enchanting illustrations on the cover and endpapers, combining borderless pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor and gouache paintings. Pitzer's knack for family dialogue is matched by Day's vivid depiction of body language. Together, the two become more than the sum of their parts.

This happens most poignantly in the confrontation between boy and dog, when Daniel's compassion for the terrified dog wins out over his fear and, in a beautiful spread, he drops to his knees to gather the dog into his arms, both of their hearts pounding. This provides a surprisingly strong climax to an already lovely book sure to be cherished by both dog lovers and those who maybe have a bit of fear of their own.

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