A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Simple lessons about dogs, how they move, how they play. Experience with wordplay and rhyme.
Different species can be friends, despite their different sizes. Large creatures should be careful of small ones.
Positive Role Models
Both dog and chick are game for friendship and are playful.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Smick!, by popular writer Doreen Cronin (Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and Diary of a Worm), with art by debut illustrator Juana Medina, has very little text and reads more like a beginning reader than a picture book. A dog named Smick chases a stick and becomes friends with a chick. The text often is only a few words ("No, Smick, no!"), and there's rhyme and wordplay. The art is a simple, playful mix of thick black lines and collage, and it effectively portrays the bounding, exuberant dog. Best for very young or kids just starting to read independently.
Is It Any Good?
The language is simple, though it becomes more adventurously playful at the end. The art also is simple, with the dog depicted by a thick black line against the white page and the chick by a colorful lily petal mimicking feathers. The art and dog are both exuberant, and young kids will like this big, bounding pup who crooks an ear, crouches to play, and wags his tail.
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