A boastful dog gets a taste of his own medicine in a tale about friendship that features the bold, exuberant art of Lucy Cousins at its best. (Ages 2-5)
"I win! I'm the best!" Dog boasts. He can run faster than Mole, dig better than Goose, swim faster than Donkey, and he's much bigger than Ladybug. He wins! Unfortunately, Dog's nonstop bragging is starting to make his friends feel kind of sad. But what if they mixed things up and looked at them differently? Could they teach Dog a lesson — and remind him of what it means to be a best friend?
From the exuberant text to the bold, colorful artwork, a joyous spirit pervades this picture book and its fallible yet lovable protagonist. Fine for reading aloud to preschoolers who suspect that they may be fallible yet hope that they are still lovable. —Booklist (starred review)
As always, Cousins invigorates her cartoons with color and charm. Her splotches and whirls convey depth and movement. The simply drawn characters have a comic flair and, like Ladybug in her tutu, beguile upon first glance. This well-told tale of competitive obsession belongs in all collections. —School Library Journal (starred review)