Abramson, Jull and O’Connor, Jane and Illustrated by Melmon, Deborah Ready or Not, Here comes Scout! 32 pgs. Viking Juvenile, 2012. $10.87. (Rating: G)
Scout is a pup who just wants to have fun. She wants to make friends, but does everything a bit wrong. Luckily she has her stuffed dog friend, baby. She learns that to make friends, she has to act like a friend first. There is one dog at the dog park that isn’t friendly though, Taco. He even steals baby. What will Scout do?
The authors really understand dogs. Too bad our black lab can’t learn a thing or two from Scout. The part that I didn't like was about Taco, he was growly so the other dogs just ignore him. Since the whole book is about friendship, I am confused about what kind of message are the authors are trying to send to the readers? I think sometimes those grumpy kids need friends the most. The artwork was a bit dated, but still cute.
EL– ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie School Librarian & Author.