Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Review: Baxter Goes to Imagination Land by Jennifer Hart

Adventures with Baxter the Dog
Book One
by Jennifer Hart
Picture Book
38 pages
ages 4 to 8

Jennifer Hart's debut children's book. The first in a series of mostly made-up adventures inspired by a mostly real dog named Baxter. Follow your imagination past the sneaker trees and cupcake bees to a place only you can see.

40 full-color illustrations done with ink and watercolor guide beginner readers as they explore Baxter's land of imagination filled with colorful characters, funny surprises and an adventure that will inspire kids to get creative.



I've already read another book in this series and found Baxter to be a wonderful dog. And yes, these books can be read in whatever order is preferred, since they don't build on each other.

Baxter finds himself in a strange place, on day. He's upside down and right side up in a forest of planted sneakers. And that's just the beginning of this quirky and giggle worthy adventure.

My favorite aspect of this book is the imagination. It allows everything to fly in all directions, and in some loose ways, reminds me a little of Dr. Seuss. It's not only okay to be ridiculous, it's actually desirable in these pages. But yet, it has a nice tale of friendship, too. The rhymes allow the cute story to unfold and leave tons of smiles lingering after 'The End' is reached.

The illustrations are whimsical and allow the imagination to unfold in all of its glorious ways. The colorful landscapes swoop with curls and lines, letting young listeners delve into Baxter's world. It's a treat simply to flip through these and enjoy every page.

To find out more about Baxter and the lovely books...

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