My Dog is the Best
written by Laurie Ann Thompson
illustrated by Paul Schmid
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015
40 pages, ages 3 to 6
What do you get when you combine one energetic, enthusiastic little boy with his sleepy but tolerant dog? Unconditional love. Using simple words and spare illustrations, My Dog Is the Best celebrates the special bond that exists between a young child and a beloved family pet. It’s the heartwarming story of two best friends … told by a boy with a very active imagination.
- Author read-aloud video!
- Storytime and canine craft kit!
- My favorite picture books about dogs (Pinterest)
- My blog posts about My Dog is Best.
- CCBC Choices 2016, Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- 2015 Blue Ribbon, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“… the simplicity of both the words and the pictures creates a charming, toddler-sized ode to man’s best friend.” (Booklist)
“This simple, quiet story conveys the enduring bond between child and dog, with the added appeal of a joke that younger children just beginning to understand humor can enjoy.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Though ‘a boy and his dog’ may not be a groundbreaking theme, it’s often a popular one—and this gentle tale of friendship is no exception…. While this is a familiar story, it’s a well-executed and charming one.” (School Library Journal)
“… simple wording helps young children who are learning to read…. I really enjoyed this cute children’s book and enjoyed its depiction of man’s best friend … or should we say ‘boy’s’ best friend!” (Curling Up with a Good Book)