The Very Very Very Long Dog

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Imagine you had a puppy who was sweet and kind, clever and thoughtful, wise and funny. The only problem? He’s so big that he can’t keep track of his hindquarters. That’s the dilemma facing The Very Very Very Long Dog and his friends.

Julia Patton’s titular character is a scribbly little bundle of cuteness, traversing each and every page, easily standing out against the more competently realized backdrop and other characters in the story. It’s as if this one tiny bit of ridiculousness has been superimposed onto the real world, like any child’s creation, not entirely fitting the scene but immediately becoming the most appealing aspect visually.

Although the solution to Bartleby the dog’s dilemma might seem a bit temporary — given that he is a very, very, very long dog — it’s still a cute gimmick that will work for younger readers as they imagine this lengthy, furry friend of theirs gallivanting around the city.

Long on cuteness and brief enough to make the most of its impact, The Very Very Very Long Dog is a lovely bit of fun.


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Author Julia Patton
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publish Date 2017-Dec-01
ISBN 9781492654452
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Issue December 2017
Category Children's
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