Picture Book Review: That Dog!

That Dog! by Emma Lazell
That Dog!
by Emma Lazell

5 out of 5 stars

A ruthless gang of dognappers is on the loose, and their next target is…. That Dog! But That Dog will not be caught unawares. He is on their trail, following the clues to rescue the other dogs who have been dognapped. The dognapper’s assistant is not too bright, and he mistakenly kidnaps a snake, a rabbit, and a cat while searching for That Dog.

I love the silly story and the fun characters. That Dog is quite a clever dog, and I liked how we see him with a notebook full of clues. He carries around a magnifying glass and reads books like “Sherlock Bones and Dog Watson”. He reads the newspaper and does the crossword puzzle. A dog who reads is my kind of dog.
I love the cute illustrations in this book! The cartoony style and bright colors are perfect for this type of silly story. The best part is all the details in the background of each scene. There is a newspaper that alerts the community of the dognappers evil presence. There are Wanted posters around the town. As the dognapper’s assistant searches for That Dog, he leaves behind little clues; he loses a hat, then a glove, and he leaves footprints on the floor. Those little details that aren’t included in the text enhance the story so much, and make it really fun to search the artwork for clues. My favorite illustrated detail is a child in the background reading “Big Cat”, which is another fantastic book by this author. It may be a shameless plug, but it’s adorable!

Everything about this book is whimsical and fun!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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