The Books

Dog Blue

by Polly Dunbar

One Potato Review

Like Dunbar’s Penguin and Antoinette Porter’s Not a Box and Not a Stick, this is a cheerful, simple story for very early readers beginning to grapple with the fact that there’s actually a word for whatever that was that nobody else was seeing – “imagination” – even if it does seem like a lot of trouble pronouncing. Bertie likes blue, he likes dogs, but there’s no such thing as a blue dog, so he’ll just have to pretend around the margins. Sooner the better, because dogs, and cats, and people, and probably all of the other inhabitants of our planet have a way of quickly defying our expectations. Playful, but calmly instructive.