Buster and the baby

Amy Hest

Book - 2017

Buster the dog and a baby engage in a playful game of chase all day. When nighttime comes, they're still bonding.

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Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2017.
First edition; reinforced trade edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm
Ages 2-5.
Main Author
Amy Hest (author)
Other Authors
Polly Dunbar (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Anyone who has played hide and seek will recognize that it's knowing you will be found—but not knowing exactly when—that makes the game irresistible. Hest (Are You Sure, Mother Bear?) and Dunbar (I Will Not Wear Pink) offer ample proof as their characters, a white terrier named Buster and an unnamed toddler, embrace their roles as hider and seeker with comical cunning. Buster hides under or behind one of the large objects in the house ("Go, Buster. Go, Buster. Go, Buster, go!") and waits for the desired discovery, his heart racing in anticipation ("thump, thump, thump!"). The wily toddler finds him ("chaaa!"), a celebration breaks out, and the game is on again. Readers will feel as though they're in the thick of the fun thanks to the exclamations and exhortations that punctuate the narration, as well as the inviting energy of the sunny-hued pictures, which give the familiar rhythms and tensions of the game delicious immediacy. A page doesn't go by without a wonderful moment: in one round of the game, the toddler announces her presence by dropping peas, one by one, onto Buster's head. Ages 2–5. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Toddler-PreS—The unbreakable bond between a child and a dog is explored in this simple yet touching book. "Thump, Thump, Thump. In the little red house, a dog ducks under the table." The little pup named Buster hides from the toddler of the house but each time he settles down to wait…"Chaaa!…" the baby comes dashing toward him. Bumping noses, chasing a tail, throwing peas, and playing ball are all common activities for the canine/child duo. The little girl and her pet keep each other busy all day until day turns to night and the baby is tucked into bed. This time the roles are reversed and as baby lays quietly in bed, "Chaaa!…" the puppy jumps into bed and snuggles in for a long night's rest alongside his forever friend. Pencil-and-watercolor illustrations bring the characters to life while maintaining a soft and calming mood to make this a delightful bedtime story. VERDICT Recommended for general purchase to a picture book collection that includes bedtime stories for babies and toddlers.—Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country Public Library, NY Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The author of Charley's First Night and the illustrator of Pat-a-Cake Baby present a celebration of the loving bond between a baby and a puppy who share a breathless game of chase that finds them bumping and thumping through their day before snuggling up together at night.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Buster the dog and a baby engage in a playful game of chase all day. When nighttime comes, they're still bonding.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Celebrates the endearing bond between a baby and her puppy.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

What could be more endearing than the bond between a baby and a puppy? A sweet and spirited tale from two picture-book masters.In the little red house, a dog ducks under the table. He waits and watches and waits some more as his heart goes thump, thump, thump. And then . . . CHAAA! Out of the shadows comes the baby, squealing and whirling and bumping his nose! Go Buster, go Buster, go! Is behind the blue chair a good place to hide? With beautifully tender artwork and an engaging repetitive text, author Amy Hest and illustrator Polly Dunbar follow two little ones in a breathless game of chase — winding up in a heart-tugging role reversal sure to sweeten readers’ dreams.