Reviews for Hush, Little Puppy


Booklist Reviews 2007 June #1
Warm and cozy, this new version of the classic lullaby, "Hush Little Baby," has a small boy trying to settle his puppy for the night. Soft-toned illustrations show the uproarious fun they had all day, chasing sheep and fetching sticks: "Remember splashing through the creek? / Your sloppy smooches on my cheek?" Now they are done with their big day: "It's time to quiet down and stay." In a fun twist at the end, the little dog will not settle down until he is allowed to curl up in bed in the arms of the blissful boy. The cover picture of boy and dog asleep will grab young preschoolers, as will the rhymes that tell a sweet pet story along with the lullaby.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
A boy settles his puppy down for bedtime, recounting, in rhyme, the activities they enjoyed during the day. It's a nice twist on the classic lullaby, allowing the child to act as caretaker. The text doesn't stand alone; such lines as "Though your nose was berry blue!" are convenient ways to end rhymes but don't make much sense. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
A boy settles his puppy down for bedtime, recounting, in rhyme, the activities they enjoyed during the day. It's a nice twist on the classic lullaby, allowing the child to act as caretaker. The text doesn't stand alone; such lines as "Though your nose was berry blue!" are convenient ways to end rhymes but don't make much sense. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2007 March #2
A little boy in blue pajamas repeatedly tries to settle his golden retriever puppy down for the night in this sweet but predictable bedtime story. With soothing phrases, the boy keeps tucking the puppy back in its dog bed, alternating with remembrances of their busy day spent splashing in a creek, chasing sticks and playing in the mud. Finally, the little boy carries the puppy upstairs to his own bedroom, where they fall asleep cuddled up together on turquoise, polka-dotted sheets. Winter's pleasant watercolor illustrations in pastel shades show a cozy home in a rural setting with lots of outdoor space for enjoying an idyllic picnic or romping with surprised sheep down a muddy lane. Like all puppies, this one is appealing, but the little boy seems a little subdued and doesn't really engage the reader. Though the story can be sung to the tune of "Hush, Little Baby," the text actually works better if read rather than sung, as some of the phrases don't exactly fit the rhythm of the lullaby. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 August

PreS-K-- This picture book is sure to be a favorite. With a rhyme scheme patterned after "Hush Little Baby," the story begins, "Hush, little puppy, don't you bark./It's time to sleep, it's growing dark./Curl up small and warm and glad./Think of all the fun we had." The art shows the youngster dressed for bed as he coaxes his pet into its sleeping basket. The remaining pages are devoted to his recollections of how the two spent the day, including splashing in the creek and stepping into mud puddles, with the end promising adventures to come. The soft-focus watercolors feature a sweet-faced youngster lovingly attending to his puppy. A soothing addition to collections in need of variations on well-known verses.--G. Alyssa Parkinson, Highland Township Library, MI

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