The Books

Old Dog

by Jeanne Willis
Illustrated by Tony Ross

One Potato Review

Insolent pups: “Grandpa’s not himself. He’s barking, the old stick. It’s time he went into a home.” He’s also got dog breath, and tends to ramble too much about the old days (one of his flashbacks actually finds him in the trenches of World War I France), but don’t write off this geezer just yet. “I’ve had my moments,” he protests, and while his circus tricks seem to arrive from a bygone era, there’s something nevertheless refreshing about his determination to surprise. Spirited and frank. For many ages.