Picture books that have gone to the dogs (and the cats).

Cats and dogs are everyone’s best friends in these great picture books.

Syndetics book coverRaj, the bookstore tiger / Kathleen T. Pelley ; illustrated by Paige Keiser.
“Raj loves being a bookstore “tiger”. He greets the customers, patrols the storerooms, and relishes stoytime. But when teh cranky cat Snowball arrives, his comments make Raj doubt his own tigerness. Is Raj just an ordinary kitty-cat, or is it Snowball who’s got it all wrong?” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverBailey at the museum / Harry Bliss.
“Precocious, school-going dog Bailey joins his human classmates on a field trip to the Museum of Natural History in his second picture book. As the class observes a dinosaur exhibits, Bailey gets distracted by T. rex bones. An understanding museum guard swoops in (“I think he’s hungry. I feel his tummy growling,” he reports), and the two become friends. ……. The tender relationship between Bailey and the steadfast guard is the heart of this light, funny story.Bailey the dog is excited to go on a school trip to the Museum of Natural History.”(adapted from Publishers Weekly)

Syndetics book coverCat tale / Michael Hall.“Hall cleverly plays with homophones in this diverting word adventure. Three curious cats, propelled by their imaginations, bring books to life as they traverse spacious, white spreads. Together they “flee a steer,” “steer a plane,” “plane a board” and “board a train.” Each sentence or scenario offers hints of what’s to come. Discerning compositions and a rhyming text further drive the momentum until, alas! The words’ many meanings confound these friendly felines. Humorous permutations ensue as the kitties try to untangle their tales. After they successfully “shoo a truly naughty gnu,” (it’s munching shoes—truly naughty indeed!), things go sadly awry. “They use their paws to rock a squashberry! Rock a squashberry?” Once back on track, they befriend a bear, sail a whale and ultimately find comfort and contentment in words…..”(adapted from kirkusreview.com)

Syndetics book coverCat Heaven / written and illustrated by Cynthia Rylant.“Via simple verse and bold, folk-art illustrations, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant invites readers to visit Cat Heaven, a place where cats have an eternal supply of catnip, tuna, and warm laps.” (Scholastic)

Syndetics book coverDog Heaven / written and illustrated by Cynthia Rylant.“This Newbery Medalist makes her debut as an illustrator in a warm, whimsical picture book about the wonderful place where all good dogs go for an endless supply of ham biscuits, good meals and lots of petting.” (Scholastic)

Syndetics book coverRocket writes a story / by Tad Hills.“For new reader Rocket, every new book is a treasure and an adventure, “like a place he’d never been to, like a friend he’d never met.” The little yellow bird introduced in How Rocket Learned to Read (2010) continues to teach and encourage this special dog. Rocket sniffs out wonderful new words in his environment, and the bird helps him create a glorious word tree……A perfect choice to inspire new readers and writers.”(adapted from Kirkusreview.com).