Pie-Eating Pugs, and Other Tales of Canine Capers
An adorable children's book came my way the other day: Once I Ate a Pie, by Patrician MacLachlan, a winner of Newbery Medal - the Pulitzer Prize of kid-lit - and her daughter, Emily MacLachlan Charest (Joanna Cotler Books).
For 6-8 year olds (though 8 seems too old and 6 seems not young enough, but I don't have kids so what do I know?) it has 13 one to two-page chapters about dogs like Lucy, the loving shelter pet, and Pocket, the tiny pup with delusions of grandure.
The sweet illustrations by Katy Schneider look like paintings (she and the authors have collaborated on another kids' book featuring a dog, called Painting the Wind). Big ''awwwwww!'' factor here.
A sample: Luke (a Saint Bernard): ''The sun is warm, and I sleep. I dream about when I was young. I chased snowflakes in winter. And ran through the grasses in spring.i still bark when I want to. And tonight I might howl at the moon.''
And there's old Luke, lying in the grass.
To see Katy Schneider's artwork, including the cover of Painting the Wind, ''about four painters who come to the same island each summer, as seen through the eyes of a young boy''), click here.