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By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Tender story of brave pet's devotion to his missing girl.

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This wonderfully written and illustrated story reminds readers that doing hard things is something to be proud of, even if it may seem small to others. From the first page, when we meet Truman as he sits on a napkin adorably munching on a miniature tortoise-sized donut, there's a lot to love. Their apartment is a refuge from the loud, roaring city below. Truman shows genuine concern when Sarah leaves him behind. Readers will recognize his child-like devotion to Sarah and relate to his missing her. When he decides he must find her, he uses the resources in his environment (rocks, cushions, a boot, etc.) to begin his journey. Then, when he encounters the unsettling vastness of the living room rug, he stops, thinks, and musters up the courage to go on.

The gouache, brush marker, charcoal, colored pencil, and digitally drawn art is simple and evocative. The reunion spread is particularly luminous, with Truman glowing in a sun-like halo that communicates how special he is to Sarah as well as the bigness of his accomplishment. With its tender story and captivating illustrations, Truman will be a fast favorite for kids and their adults.

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