Chick ‘n’ Pug Meet the Dude

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Written and Illustrated by Jennifer Sattler

Bloomsbury Books, 2013

Chick and Pug were an unstoppable team. They spent most of their time looking for exciting adventures and saving ordinary citizens.

The plot in a nutshell: The superhero duo discovers that a bigger dog has stolen one of their toys

Chick and Pug, the superhero team, wake up from a nap to discover that their favorite toy, Squeaky Hamburger is missing. Chick takes off in search of it, while Pug stays behind to get another nap in. Chick searches everywhere and finally finds the toy in the possession of The Dude, a very big sheepdog. Chick tries to reason with the Dude, but the Dude takes off. Chick chases him until the Dude spies something he wants even more – the bone that Pug is chewing on. The Dude drops the Squeaky Hamburger and Chick picks it up. Grossed out by the slimy condition it’s in, Chick throws it away and the Dude chases after it. Pug points out that toys come and go, but they’ll always have each other.

This book is the sequel to 2010’s Chick ‘n’ Pug, which tells the story of how these two unlikely friends meet and team up (sort of) to become a superhero duo. Author/illustrator Jennifer Sattler advances their story while staying true to the lovable characterizations from the first book. Pug is still pretty much lazy and indifferent to the whole superhero thing, while Chick carries most of the responsibility for the pair. It’s clear, though, that what they have works for both of them. Chick is perfectly okay with Pug’s penchant for naps and treats. I like the fact that Chick doesn’t get frustrated when Pug doesn’t want to do investigating.

If Pug is like most pugs, he has no idea that he’s any smaller than The Dude.

The book’s  illustrations, done in acrylics and colored pencil, are wonderful, particularly in their use of color. I really like the way she occasionally draws a character on a separate page on a background of different colors. It seems to make you focus in on the character’s expression or action in a way that you might not notice on a page with lots of other objects to catch your eye. It’s a cute touch, too, that some of the action in this book takes place under a clothesline on which there is a Superman t-shirt hanging.

And what did we learn? What I take away from this book is that the things you have are not so important as the folks you enjoy them with.

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