Part-Time Dog, written by Jane Thayer and illustrated by Lisa McCue, is about Brownie, a dog who just wants to find his place in the neighborhood. As he makes his rounds to the different houses on Maple Street, the women who live there all tell him to go home. However, Brownie does not have a home of his own. Eventually, the women begin to realize this and so they call the dogcatcher to take Brownie away to the pound. As soon as he is gone though, the women realize how much they miss Brownie and each of them wants to take Brownie home. They agree to pick Brownie up from the pound, sharing him, so he becomes everyone’s part-time dog.
Lisa McCue’s artwork is colorful and cute, creating the image of a light and playful book. This would make an excellent book for story time, as well as for individual reading. The pictures fill most of the pages and the sentences are fairly simple, making this book ideal for early elementary school children.
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