Smog the City Dog is worn out by the busy, buzzy city. All the bins on his street are empty and he's hungry. 'I'm out of here!' he says and scampers off across town to try his luck by the quiet canal. Sure enough, he spies ...dinner! But no sooner has Smog sauntered off with his tasty shopping, than Hedgehog, Fox, Cat, Mouse and Squirrel are hot on his heels. Just as Smog reaches top speed, the canal towpath suddenly turns a corner and Smog is left face to face with another dog. But Smog's fiercest bark is no match for his reflection and splash goes the shopping! Luckily, Mouse has a plan - with some teamwork everyone tucks in to a delicious soggy picnic!
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Adria Meserve is an exciting new talent in picture books. Smog the City Dog is her first book, and she has begun work on Cleopatra Silverwing, her next book due out in 2004. Adria gained a BA in History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London and went on to qualify as a teacher at Brighton University. As well as writing and illustrating picture books, she teaches art in North London. Adria is also studying for an MA in Illustration at Brighton University.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-In this contemporary retelling of Aesop's "The Dog and His Shadow," a likable pup travels through rolling cityscapes looking for something to eat. Having no luck in his own neighborhood, he ventures over to the canal and snatches someone else's picnic. Several other city animals follow Smog, hoping to share his food. He leads the parade of hungry creatures to the canal's edge, where he spies another dog peering up at him from the water. To prevent this canine from taking his dinner, he lets out a warning bark, and the coveted picnic sinks to the bottom of the canal. Fortunately, Smog and the other animals are able to rescue it by working together, and they all enjoy a good feast. Although the fact that Smog steals the food may be troubling to some, Meserve emphasizes the value of friendship and teamwork, expanding upon the original moral. The gouache-and-collage illustrations that fill every page, including the endpapers, are bright and expressive, infusing a sense of positive energy into the story. At times, however, the text is overwhelmed by the colorful pages and can be difficult to read. Still, this is a good supplement to more extensive collections of fables, such as Jerry Pinkney's Aesop's Fables (SeaStar, 2000).
Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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Book Description Red Fox, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99432277
Book Description Red Fox, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099432277