Bones is a mutt with kind but busy owners. When he gets lonely Bones visits the local school and the second grade. When Bones is discovered he does go home but now has prospects for some after school fun with his new friends.
Reviews and Comments
“One of those happy hits with built-in child appeal … Exuberant pencil and paint illustrations cartoon the action with compositional flair, extending the spoof on grown-ups in general and officials in particular with colorful aplomb.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Bones is bored, and longs for friends. Every day he sits by the window, watching children go to school wearing T‑shirts and carrying their backpacks. One morning Bones dresses similarly and sets off with them. Of course, the kids love him, and the fact that he is a dog doesn’t seem to bother anyone; Mrs. Lampshade, the second-grade teacher, is so nearsighted that she can’t tell he’s a dog. When the fire marshal orders Bones to leave, the children scream “Unfair! Unfair! Unfair!” and follow the dog home. From then on, they visit him each day. The thought of having a dog join a classroom is a silly one and will make children giggle. Lawlor gives the adults crazy names, such as Mr. Pencilshaving and Miss Adhesivetape, which will make parents groan and children chuckle. Some adults may not like the idea of the children up and leaving the school, but young readers will love it; it’s clear at the end of the story that their visits with Bones will be confined to after-school hours. Fiammenghi’s watercolor, pen-and-ink cartoon-like illustrations intensify the comic text with colorful zaniness. The pictures include children of different races, and their facial expressions are full of humor. A lively, funny story. ” (School Library Journal)
written by Laurie Lawlor
illustrated by Gioia Flammenghi
Albert Whitman, 1990
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