Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.
Two black children, who could be seen as fraternal twins, lavish love on their dachshund, Rosie.Rylant's text is written in the first person plural and uses an episodic structure that also highlights oppositions. Sister and brother (unnamed in the text) affirm their love for Rosie whatever the circumstance, in brief episodes: "Day and Night…Good and Bad…In and Out…Lost and Found…Up and Down…Here and There." The playfully repetitive phrasing reads rather like the controlled text of an early reader, and clear, bold type could support new readers attempting to decode it independently. Davick's accompanying digital illustrations feature brightly colored, flat, graphically simple forms set against the clean whiteness of the pages. No other characters are present, which provides a pleasing focus on the loving dynamic between the children and their dog, as they read, play, and snuggle the days away. A cozy, Rosie read.(Picture book. 2-6)
– Kirkus Reviews, 11/15/16
Rylant (Little Penguins) and Davick (Say Hello!) introduce opposites in a series of chapter-like scenarios starring two good-natured siblings and their frisky, floppy-eared dachshund, Rosie. A chatty narrative emphasizes each term while sounding like actual comments children might direct toward a dog. “Hello Rosie, Are you being bad? Oops. Bad eating Rosie!” writes Rylant as Davick shows the dog snagging a bit of pepperoni from an unattended slice of pizza. Colored in a bright, sherbet palette, Davick’s crisp-edged illustrations highlight the characters’ emotions (Rosie looks quite abashed about the pizza incident), and it’s always evident how much love the two round-headed, brown-skinned, eager-eyed children have for their pet. Rosie’s ongoing interest in a wild rabbit helps introduce several opposites (“Hello, Rosie. Do you want out? Rosie wants out of the kitchen”), as does the elongated shape of Rosie’s body, which allows her to be both “in” and “out” of a doghouse at the same time. Zingy repetition and visual cues smartly tailor this story to kids who are learning to read on their own. Ages 3–7.
– Publishers Weekly, November 28, 2016
Rosie is a very lucky dog. Her owners, two brown-skinned children, love to admire Rosie’s many talents, even when those talents tend to the naughty end of the spectrum. Her owners encourage her appreciation of both the day and the night: “Rosie runs and plays / and runs and plays / ALL DAY!” “Rosie sleeps and dreams / and sleeps and dreams / ALL NIGHT.” Though Rosie’s antics mean she doesn’t always behave, she is beloved by the children, who find humor in her wrongdoings. Davick’s bold, vibrant colors and shapes couple well with Rylant’s concise text; both highlight the obvious bond between the children andRosie and Rosie’s antics, while also offering a lesson about opposites. The rhythm of the text ensures this will be an easy read-aloud that will warm hearts and keep young readers’ attention. — Stephanie Seales
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