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Buster and the Baby
Contributor(s): Hest, Amy, Dunbar, Polly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763687871     ISBN-13: 9780763687878
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $14.40  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: October 2017
Annotation: The author of Charley's First Night and the illustrator of Pat-a-Cake Baby present a celebration of the loving bond between a baby and a puppy who share a breathless game of chase that finds them bumping and thumping through their day before snuggling up together at night.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dogs; Juvenile fiction.
Infants; Juvenile fiction.
Play; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017958637
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 11.00" W x 0.50" (1.10 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #1)
In a rhythmic text and lively art, a classic friendship story plays out through an extended game of hide-and-seek between a baby and a small white dog named Buster. Buster carefully determines the best hiding places in the house--under the table, behind the chair, etc. "He waits. And watches. And waits some more. THUMP, goes his heart. THUMP, THUMP, THUMP! Then…" The baby, whom viewers have been watching skillfully make her way toward Buster's hiding places through spreads and panel art, springs at Buster and creates all sorts of chaos as Buster scrambles to his next hiding spot. Digitally rendered crayon and paint illustrations contrast soft pastel colors with high-energy line work. Buster and the baby are delightfully expressive throughout this thrilling game of chase, and the nuances of anticipation and joyfulness emerge naturally on their faces and in their movements. At night, when Baby is tucked in bed, she hides beneath her blanket and takes on Buster's daytime role: "She waits. And watches. And waits some more. THUMP! Goes her heart. THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! Then…" Buster does not disappoint her (or us), and after he gives her a thorough face-licking, the two cuddle up for the night in a heart-melting final scene. julie roach Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #1)

Anyone who has played hide and seek will recognize that it's knowing you will be found—but not knowing exactly when—that makes the game irresistible. Hest (Are You Sure, Mother Bear?) and Dunbar (I Will Not Wear Pink) offer ample proof as their characters, a white terrier named Buster and an unnamed toddler, embrace their roles as hider and seeker with comical cunning. Buster hides under or behind one of the large objects in the house ("Go, Buster. Go, Buster. Go, Buster, go!") and waits for the desired discovery, his heart racing in anticipation ("thump, thump, thump!"). The wily toddler finds him ("chaaa!"), a celebration breaks out, and the game is on again. Readers will feel as though they're in the thick of the fun thanks to the exclamations and exhortations that punctuate the narration, as well as the inviting energy of the sunny-hued pictures, which give the familiar rhythms and tensions of the game delicious immediacy. A page doesn't go by without a wonderful moment: in one round of the game, the toddler announces her presence by dropping peas, one by one, onto Buster's head. Ages 2–5. (Oct.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 November)

Toddler-PreS—The unbreakable bond between a child and a dog is explored in this simple yet touching book. "Thump, Thump, Thump. In the little red house, a dog ducks under the table." The little pup named Buster hides from the toddler of the house but each time he settles down to wait…"Chaaa!…" the baby comes dashing toward him. Bumping noses, chasing a tail, throwing peas, and playing ball are all common activities for the canine/child duo. The little girl and her pet keep each other busy all day until day turns to night and the baby is tucked into bed. This time the roles are reversed and as baby lays quietly in bed, "Chaaa!…" the puppy jumps into bed and snuggles in for a long night's rest alongside his forever friend. Pencil-and-watercolor illustrations bring the characters to life while maintaining a soft and calming mood to make this a delightful bedtime story. VERDICT Recommended for general purchase to a picture book collection that includes bedtime stories for babies and toddlers.—Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country Public Library, NY

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.