Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: A Dog Day for Susan

Publish June 27, 2016

A Dog Day for Susan, by Winnipeg author Maureen Fergus, is a humourous picture book about two pooches from very different packs.  When Spencer’s Great-Aunt Alice comes for a family visit, she brings her regal Lhasa Apso, Susan. Spencer and his faithful mutt, Barney, look forward to some rough-and-tumble play, but Susan has much more refined tastes, and prefers to nap all afternoon, and eat cake served on a china dinner plate. Spencer and Barney hatch a plan to teach the pampered party pooper how to really let her long hair down. On an adventure-filled field trip, Barney instructs Susan on the fine art of barking at buses, rolling in mud puddles, and peeing everywhere. Susan soon loosens up and is sniffing greasy paper towels and wagging her tail with aplomb. While prim Great-Aunt Alice departs in a huff, Susan gives Spencer a big “slobbery, garbage-smelling” kiss. Monica Arnaldo’s expressive watercolour, acrylic, and graphite illustrations show the mismatched pair in all of their doggy glory.  With a puzzled look on her face, and a monogrammed gold necklace elegantly dangling from her collar, Susan warily watches Barney rummage through a trash can.  A Dog Day for Susan has loads of personality and is doggone fun to read aloud.

Dog Day for Susan

Maureen Fergus
Illustration EN: Monica Arnaldo
Owlkids Books
ISBN 13: 978-1-77147-144-2

Linda Ludke
Linda Ludke

Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library.  Her reviews have appeared in Quill and QuireSchool Library Journal and CM:  Canadian Review of Materials.  When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.

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