Schachner, Judy. Dewey Bob. Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin), 2015. $17.99. PICTURE BOOK.
Dewey Bob Crockett the raccoon has grown too big for the family pair of jeans. So he takes his collection of buttons and goes in search of a new home. He finds an oak tree and fills it up with his collectibles. He soon realizes that although he has a lot of things, he doesn’t have any friends. So he takes a shopping cart and tries to gather them like buttons. All the creatures run away, except a little Mudball. Dewey takes the mud ball home and washes it. He realizes why puppy (actually a kitty) didn’t run away, his back legs don’t work. Dewey uses his beloved buttons to make an invention so that Mudball can roll around. Luckily, Mudball rolls back to Dewey. Dewey has Southern charm and is a likable character; he doesn’t quite have the charisma of Skippy Jon Jones. Author/illustrator Schachner uses mixed media, collage, acrylics, gouche and even “the kitchen sink.” The illustrations capture Dewey’s collecting nature and create a unique atmosphere for the story. Included is a bonus CD read by the author that is excellent.
Pre-K, EL-ADVISABLE. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.