What Puppies Do Best is an adorable picture book from bestselling author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Lynn Munsinger. Numeroff is best known for the classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and similar titles like If You Give a Pig a Pancake. This puppy book is also part of a series. Numeroff and Munsinger’s other books include What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Aunts Do Best/What Uncles Do Best.
The illustrations are my favorite part of this book. The dogs are a variety of breeds and all bursting with personality. Their faces and body positions are very expressive. I especially like the illustration accompanying the words, “Puppies can go on walks.” A girl is twisted up in the leashes of two dachshund puppies that look very determined to run in opposite directions. The children in the book are different races and ages. Some have siblings, while others care for their puppies by themselves.
What Puppies Do Best is realistic about the joys and challenges of puppy ownership. These dogs wake people up with their howling, track mud into the house, and chew on pillows. However, they also give kisses, snuggle, and play outside with their owners. The responsibilities of dog owners are highlighted as well. Three sisters train their puppy to sit and shake hands, and a boy cleans up when his dog makes a mess of mud, feathers, and spilled milk in the living room. This sweet book is sure to be enjoyed by children who have a puppy or who just like dogs. It is a great read-aloud to share with a group or one-on-one. Since it has a simple text in a large font that usually appears on a white background, What Puppies Do Best is also an excellent practice book for children who are beginning to read by themselves.
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