Contrary to what Marvel and DC Comics will have you believe, this heartwarming story proves that superpowers and fancy gadgetry are not the only measures of a hero.
Hally Tosis is a dog who has a bad case of, well, halitosis — otherwise more colloquially known as ‘bad breath’. And every time Hally opens his mouth, horrible things tend to happen — like Grandma Tosis passing out on the floor from his dog breath!
Reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown and Leonard Weisgard’s Noisy Book series from the ’30s-’50s, Kevin Henkes has adopted the simple, direct and child-friendly style of writing in the refreshingly quirky Circle Dogs that takes us through a day in the life of a pair of pet dachshunds.
The Wimbledons are sleeping when Wilma hears a spooky sound. As Walter discovers, it’s just Stanley, their dog, howling at the moon — no biggie, right? Well, that’s what you’d think until, one by one, their kids (Wendy, Willie, Wanda and Wylie — don’t you just love the alliterative names?) too get woken up by Stanley’s increasingly odd endeavours — fixing the oil tank and making catfish stew, among other things.
In this wildly entertaining counting book, animal camouflage is the name of the game while the oblivious lone hunter (1 Hunter) stalking through the jungle wielding a menacing rifle becomes a running joke of sorts — in fact it soon becomes unclear who’s doing the hunting, after all!
When people are angry or frustrated, nasty thoughts can cross their minds, even if it’s about people they care about, in the heat of the moment. Thankfully, there’s usually no harm done since, just as quickly, when the matter blows over, they’d feel rather silly and regretful for overreacting.
Poor Buddy. All he wants is to make a nice monster meal of the bunnies that he encounters, but somehow or other, his plan keeps getting thwarted by the bunnies, who may or may not know exactly what they are doing…