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Dog Loves Books
by Louise Yates
Order:  USA  Can
Knopf, 2010 (2010)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

Similar to Judy Sierra's Wild About Books and Michelle Knudsen's Library Lion, this picture book embraces the magic of books and reading.

Dog, a booklover, opens a bookstore, expecting a flood of customers, but is disappointed in the lack of traffic (perhaps resembling reality a little too much in this day and age of dwindling independent bookstores).

Rather than stew about it, Dog simply picks up a book and immerses himself in it. He is so carried away with the story that he forgets about the empty store and doesn't notice when he starts to get customers.

The pencil drawings are soft and unadorned, the words are basic, and the message is simple but powerful: when you have books, you are never alone, but simultaneously, books bring people together because they are meant to be shared. And that is a timely and important message to send to the next generation of readers.

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