Proimos, J. III, & Proimos, J. Jr. (illustrator). (2015). Apocalypse Bow Wow. New York: Bloomsbury.
One day, dogs Brownie and Apollo wake up to find that all of the humans have disappeared, leaving the animals behind. The pair must team up with other dogs to figure out where the humans have gone.
This humorous comic book looks into the minds of dogs in a realistic manner that anyone who has loved a dog will appreciate. Although it is over 200 pages, the plot moves quickly and the frames are large enough to make reading easy. Before they know it, readers will have flown through the story and will be salivating for the sequel Apocalypse Meow Meow.
I see this book being quite popular with young readers, especially those aged 6-10. It combines animals and humour into the popular comic book format, and with few words it is simple to read. Overall, because it was a cute read, I give this book a 4 out of 5.
Buzzeo, T., & Small, D. (illustrator). (2012). One Cool Friend. New York: Dial Books.
When his father brings him to the zoo, Elliot brings home an unexpected new friend.
This story is funny and unique. The characters are interesting, and Elliot is a sophisticated young man in his tuxedo. The illustrations are engaging and help to tell the story. Young readers will especially enjoy the ending of the story.
Overall, this was a great and funny read, and young Elliot reminded me a lot of Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl. I give this book a 4 out of 5!
White, E.B., & Williams, G. (illustrator). (1952). Charlotte’s Web. New York: Harper.
Wilbur is just a spring pig with a sad fate until he becomes friends with a spider named Charlotte, whose ability with words changes Wilbur’s life.
I read this book when I was a kid, and I remember loving it. Re-reading it, I can appreciate the appeal it has to children. There is a seamless transition between the conversations of the humans and those of the animals, making it a reality for animals to speak. As Dr. Dorian, one of the characters says:
“It is quite possible that an animal has spoken civilly to me and that I didn’t catch the remark because I wasn’t paying attention. Children pay better attention than grownups.” (p.110)
This story will likely appeal to any child or adult with a love of animals and nature, but its themes of friendship and life may also draw in many readers.
Charlotte’s Web is a classic and timeless story about “some pig,” and I’m sure that readers today will continue to enjoy it. Because of that I give it a 4.5 out of 5.