Saturday, March 4, 2023

Happy Belated Book Birthday to... Wonder Dogs! by Linda Ashman

Today's read hit the shelves just a few days ago, so I'm going to celebrate it's birthday since celebrating is always fun! This book is all about dogs and the wonderful things they do. It's said to be a celebration of many different aspects on what dogs can accomplish while remaining humorous and sweet.

Ready to see how cute this book is?

by Linda Ashman
Illustrated by Karen Obuhanych
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

This tender and humorous picture book is an ode to all dogs do, from the extraordinary to the everyday.

They catch and carry,
Search and save,
Inspect and guide—
They’re smart and brave!

Next to these amazing dogs, everyday pooches like Butters might not look like much—he drools, he sheds, he hogs the bed. But he also listens close, and keeps us warm, and offers comfort in a storm. He’s a wonder dog, too, and his superpower is loving you!



Not only dog lovers will enjoy this fun celebration of pooches, which manages to tuck in a little bit of humor, too.

Dogs can do so many things, and when a little girl takes her dog out-and-about, she notices all the activities canines accomplish. Her own little dog grows a little sad as he wonders what his talents might be. But every dog is special...he just has to figure out what his 'wonder' is.

I wondered if this book might be more centered on service dogs and the wonders they do, but it's not. This is a pure celebration of all sorts of things dogs can do from catching and chasing to sniffing and even hits upon service dogs, too. All types of dogs are shown and this variety is explored without going into huge detail. The aspects are ones which young readers will have no problem recognizing and have probably noticed themselves. 

The illustrations depict the scenes and animals in a sweet way, while keeping everything recognizable. The little dog's sadness is subtle and comes across with finesse. Readers will feel empathize with him before ending on a cheerful note. The text does rhyme but holds a more loose, carefree rhythm. It's short and sweet, making sure listeners with shorter attention spans won't be forgotten. 

This is a fun read, which not only explores all the amazing things dogs do but also shows that each dog has its own talent, and none is worth more or less than another. Obviously, readers/listeners can carry this beyond the dog world and into their own. Not only canine fans will enjoy this one and wish they could hug the small doggy, too.

And here they are...

Linda Ashman is the author of more than forty picture books, including The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide, illustrated by David Small; Babies on the Go, illustrated by Jane Dyer; and Wonder Dogs, illustrated by Karen Obuhanych. Linda’s own Wonder Dogs have been champion shedders, squirrel-chasers, and sock-stealers. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and their dog, Stella. For more, visit

Karen Obuhanych is an illustrator of picture books with a love for wet noses, slobbery kisses, and muddy paws. When not creating artwork, Karen spends her time with her family including Uggi the Pomchi on the Big Island, Hawaii.

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