Anyways. We loooooove this story! First, the text is sweet and funny and engaging. The refrain "please take me for a walk" is sure to get children chanting along and the joyous list of all the things a charming little dog needs to do outside, from chasing birds to meeting friends, is expounded with just the right touches of lyricism and humor.
The art...ah, so, so, lovely. There's a little bit of a Little Golden Books art feel - kind of Tenggren and a little bit of a story board look to the art (no surprise that Gal was a Disney animator for a while), but the rough edges and cross-hatching and the collage elements are all her own. Her children and animals have a wide-eyed exuberance and the art is full of life and action without being too busy. The type is a nice large font with a little bit of curve in it, easy for read-alouds or beginning readers. Readers and listeners will fall in love with Susan Gal's bright-eyed little dog and get inspired to take their own walk outside!
Verdict: Highly recommended. A must for your library and storytime collections!
ISBN: 9780375858635; Published May 2010 by Knopf; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library