I randomly picked this book off the library shelf because it was one of our library’s new acquisitions.
This is a picture book without text. It reads and feels like a comic strip. My 26 month old son LOVES this book. We read it every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I’ll be checking out more books by Gregory Rogers soon.
It is about a little boy (our hero) who is chased by a group of older boys. The little boy hides and finds himself wandering into an art museum. In the art museum a little dog jumps out of one of the paintings and befriends the boy. The dog and the boy then jump into a different painting. In the painting the boy meets a woman who gives him a whistle and ties a yellow ribbon around the dog’s neck. The boy and the dog then venture outside (but still in the world of the painting). The dog chases a cat and the boy loses the dog. The boy is looking for the dog and goes down into a creepy basement. In the basement he finds not only his dog, but about twenty other dogs as well. It appears that a crazed butcher is locking up all the dogs (and I’m assuming butchering the dogs, too). The boy releases the dogs and they all run, but the butcher catches the little boy. The boy plays the whistle that the women had given him previously and all the dogs in the city come to his rescue. They chase the butcher into the river and then the boy and all the dogs return to the woman who gave him the whistle. They have a party. The boy and the dog then say good-bye to each other and the boy leaves the art museum. As soon as the boy is out of the art museum, the boys that were originally chasing him find him. The boy blows his whistle and all the dogs in the city chase the boys off. Our hero is able to go on in peace.
Okay, so it gets a little creepy with the whole butcher holding the dogs captive, but doesn’t seem to scare him (and when something in a book is scary, he lets me know). Still this book has a magical and fun feeling to it. I obviously don’t have to edit it because there is no text to read.
This book did lead to an amusing incident in the grocery store. I was getting some meat from the butcher at the grocery store and my son asked who the man behind the counter was. I said he was a butcher. My son then asked me if he had any dogs. What a weird question. I said, “I don’t know if he has any dogs.” Then after a beat it hit me why my son was asking if the butcher had any dogs — and I then said, “Oh, are you asking because of The Hero of Little Street?” He said, “Yeah.” I then tried to explain that the butcher in The Hero of Little Street is a crazed butcher and the butcher behind the counter is probably a very nice man (though the lambs, chickens, and cows on display behind the counter might disagree with me.)
My son definitely recommends this book. He loves it. I’m a little hesitant to recommend this book to other 26 months old — but I have to admit I really enjoy reading this book to mine.
Where Obtained: Library.
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