Written by Carolyn Crimi and Illustrated by Stephanie Buscema
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012
One pudgy pug in a clean green Bug
Zipping round the bend
Looking for a friend
The plot in a nutshell: A Volkswagen Beetle full of pug friends drive around together and take part in the Pooch Parade
Yes, it’s another pug book. And it’s a really good one. It all begins with one pug, hopping into his green Bug and heading out to collect his friends. Eventually, the car is stuffed with six pugs and they show up at the Pooch Parade, which features a variety of dog breeds, cruising around in a variety of cars. A squirrel runs across the street and throws the parade into a bit of an uproar, but it all ends well. The dogs go home and the first pug cleans up his car, reflecting on his awesome day.
The story is told through a sing-song rhyme, punctuated with choruses of ‘beep beep, bow wow’ throughout. It’s a counting book, but it also touches on different dog breeds, various environmental landscapes and types of cars. The book is just a truly fun read, with lots of ways to get kids involved in reading it with you.
Author Carolyn Crimi owns both a pug and a VW Beetle, so I’ll bet she had a lot of fun writing this book. Illustrator Stephanie Buscema gives all six of the pugs personalities, adding in hats or glasses that suit them. The pug they pick up in the country is wearing a cowboy hat and the one they pick up in front of the boutique is wearing a rose behind her ear. A really fun read and highly recommended for pug fans.
And what did we learn? What I take away from this book is that road trips are always more fun in groups.