Please Take Me for a Walk
written and illustrated by Susan Gal
(Alfred A. Knopf) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
A dog in the city asks his owner to take him for a walk. He proceeds to build his case for why he needs to go outside. The neighbor's cat needs to be chased away and squirrels need to be kept high in the trees. This dog has many friends such as the florist, the greengrocer, the baker, the bookseller, and most importantly the butcher. What's a dog to do when so many people and things need to be seen? Beg to go out for a walk.
Upon an initial glance of the cover, I thought the dog would be the star of this book. Susan Gal perfectly catches the rhythms and actions of a dog and his point of view is certainly a focus. But an equal co-star of this book is the community. In Please Take Me for a Walk, readers get an eyeful of the different scenes that are part of an urban setting. You see kids in a schoolyard, guys shooting hoops, and men playing chess. This would be a great book to use to teach about the similarities and differences between urban and rural life. As in her previous book Night Lights, you also get Susan Gal's illustrations that are full of bright colors and delightful faces on man and his best friend. She is a terrific illustrator of dogs! Please Take Me for a Walk would be a wonderful read aloud for a preschool or K-2 classroom.
Other reviews of Please Take Me for a Walk:
Kiss the Book
A Frugal Friend