Little Puppy Says Woof! by Phoebe Dunn (Random House Books for Young Readers, $8.99, 14 pages)
As a cat, I’m not the biggest fan of dogs, but even I know that puppies are adorable! Toddlers will love this story of Charlie the Cocker Spaniel puppy who is adopted by a boy named Tim. We see that Charlie is at first lonely for his brother and sister puppies, but eventually he learns to sleep with a plush stuffed toy dog “brother”. Tim’s a good kid who knows enough to take Charlie to the vet right away for a check-up.
Charlie learns to chase a ball, although he’s not perfect. He does like to chew on house plants and run in piles of freshly raked leaves. But he’s a natural swimmer, so he becomes the furry companion to Tim and his grandpa when they go out on the lake in a rowboat. Charlie’s such a good dog that Tim knows that he and Charlie will be the best of friends forever.
Oh, I forgot to mention that this book comes with a button that can be pressed whenever you want to hear Charlie’s bark. It’s a great feature that may not be appreciated by other cats.