Friday, March 26, 2010

A Picture Book for Bigger People

Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems, by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel--Mr. Mutt is a "Canine Counselor" for dogs with issues. From the dog on a diet to the dog in costume to the incessantly barking dog, this book covers all manner of dog troubles and Mr. Mutt's uniquely canine way of dealing with them. To the dog on a diet, he offers this advice: "Dogs require at least eight servings per day of scrumptious food. Your People do not understand this, so you have to take matters into your own paws." He then goes on to describe various methods of doing so.

The constant barker is confused. Every time he barks, his people yell, "Don't bark!" But "Then they tell me, 'Do a trick! Speak! Speak! For a treat!' Doesn't speak mean bark?" Mr. Mutt's advice? "Have some fun. the next time your people say 'Speak!' look them in the eye and let out a big 'MOOOOO.'"

The text and the illustrations contain subleties only appreciated by the older reader. Jokes abound, but one needs a certain frame of reference (i.e. experience as a pet owner) to fully understand everything. Definitely a fun book!

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