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Monday, March 12, 2012

Say Hello to Zorro! Written and illustrated by Carter Goodrich. Simon & Schuster, 2011. $18.99 ages 4 and up

"He had his own house.
His own bed.
His own toys.
His own dish.
But most of all...
He had his own schedule.
And everyone stuck to
the schedule."

Those of you who love pets, get ready for rip-roaring fun with Mister Bud, and ZORRO! Mister Bud loves his life and has no clue that all of that is about to change.
He spends his days with everyone keeping to the schedule that he has established. His environs are totally HIS, and he rules the roost in terms of meals, walks, cuddles, movies, backyard play and the all important naptimes.

When Zorro comes on the scene, Mister Bud is disgusted. Zorro is 'pug'naciouos, grumpy and likes to the 'boss' of all things. It is an abominable state of affairs; but the two are left to their own devices to try and make a relationship work. It takes time, and a whole lot of effort. As with most change, common ground must be found.

In the end, they find that they have some pretty important things in common. Not only do they share a penchant for strict schedules, they also have a similar view of cats.

The watercolor illustrations are filled with soft color and lots of white space, giving the reader a real feel for the contentment that is Mister Bud's life. Cool greens envelop him in placidity and we just get a glimpse of his demanding nature when he asserts his control over the schedule. His demeanor is altered dramatically and visually when Zorro arrives. The expressions are delightful and mischievous, lending a humorous and attention grabbing quality to each page. The charming looks, the endearing love for their people and the excitement when they discover a mutual love are well portrayed.

Your children will love it when you read this one aloud. Enjoy!

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