Sunday, March 10, 2019

Review: Good Boy by Sergio Ruzzier

by Sergio Ruzzier
Atheneum Books 
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 3 to 7

A boy and a dog embark on an out-of-this-world adventure in this whimsical picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Sergio Ruzzier.

This is the story of a boy and his dog.

Or is it a dog and his boy?

Either way, it’s a playful story of friendship and adventure!


With very few words, this is the story of a boy and his dog.

In many ways, this is a simple book. The text is held to a bare minimum, staying on the simple one or two word commands a boy gives to his dog. The dog reacts. At first, it's simple, but as the story progresses, everything becomes more complex.

The illustrations are lovingly done and carry the tale more than the words themselves. The relationship and imagination comes to light in the watercolor depictions and will have young listeners dreaming of all of the things they could do with their 'best friends'.

When I picked this up for the first time, I immediately had the urge to read it to our dog. Out of curiosity, I left the book on the table and sure enough, every member of my household did the exact same thing. Our dog loved it, in other words, too.

It's a simple, cute read which plays on the wonderful relationship of people and their pet dogs.

And here he is...

Sergio Ruzzier is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Good Boy, This is Not A Picture Book!, Bear and Bee, and Two Mice. He is the illustrator of Florence Parry Heide's chapter books Tales for the Perfect Child and Fables You Shouldn't Pay Any Attention To, and has created comic strips for Italian magazines Linus and Lupo Alberto Magazine. He has also done work for many national and international magazines and book publishers. His work has been awarded by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, The Society of Publication Designers, and Parents' Choice, and in 2011 he was awarded the Sendak Fellowship. Born in Italy, he lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Sergio at

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