Every dog needs a best friend
Archie wants someone to play with – a friend who will throw a ball for him to catch. One morning his family leaves the house promising a surprise when they return. Archie is hopeful, but, remembering past surprises, he’s not overly optimistic, which is a good thing because they only bring home a baby named Max, who leads everyone to forget all about Archie. Poor Archie feels left out . . . that is, until little Max becomes the perfect friend.
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Yelena Romanova and Boris Kulikov were born and raised in Russia and met in St. Petersburg. They are married and live in Brooklyn, New York, with their son, Max. This is their first picture book collaboration. Mr. Kulikov has illustrated a number of other books for children, including Morris the Artist by Lore Segal.
PreSchool-Grade 1–Archie, the family dog, has been promised a surprise. Previous surprises–a goldfish, a turtle, a rabbit–have not been suitable playmates. This time the family brings home Max, a wriggling, snuffling bundle in a cradle. Now no one, not Mother or Father nor Grandma or Grandpa, pays any attention to Archie, even when he acts out by peeing in the house. At last they notice him forlorn under a chair and, in turn, each one of them tries to cheer him up. It's not until Max, now walking, throws him a ball that Archie's dream of finding a perfect friend comes true. The fact that this book is about adjusting to a new baby is slowly developed. Readers at first will more likely fixate on the visual portrayal of Archie, who wears flowered boxers and walks upright. When sporting his overcoat and umbrella on the opening pages, he looks more like a dandy than a dog. Plus, the scene where he pees into the shoe is as visually disturbing as it is funny: Is this a dog or a boy? The depiction of the baby in his red stocking cap could be questioned as well: Is this an infant or a troll? Vibrant paintings humorously depict each scene and the bug-eyed characters with stylized precision. This wacky, rather sophisticated look at redefining familial roles may not be everyone's cup of tea but it does reflect a unique perspective.–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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