text: Davide Cali
images: Miguel Tanco
Great Dog, by Davide Cali-Miguel Tanco. Tundra Books 2018
The age-old question of “what will I be when I grow up” gets a hilarious twist in this stylish and clever story.
A pup and his father contemplate his grand future while looking at other Great Dogs in their family. Will he be a marathon runner like Uncle Tibor, the fastest dog in the family? Will he be an astronaut like Aunt Yuki, who reached for the stars? Or maybe a teacher like Uncle Scooter, respected by all?
No matter what, says his father, he will be a GREAT dog!
OTHER ACTIVITY BOOKS (third parties):
“A playful story about familial pride and unconditional love. (…) The illustrations feature a strong sense of line and pattern, with hints of turquoise, gold, and brown popping against white backgrounds. Playful design contributes to the success of this warmhearted book.”
“Best shared one-on-one so readers can pore over the detailed illustrations. Hand this to anyone seeking a story about families or ‘Great Dogs.’”
School Library Journal
“The book’s message of encouraging support regardless of a child’s background, identity, or future is lovingly presented with a subtle sense of humor.”
“The very last gatefold reveals a surprise to the reader leaving them with a tender and heartwarming message celebrating the unconditional love that parents have or their child. The illustrations are simply exquisite using a limited palette of colors and deserve more time to enjoy on a second read.”
Beagles and Books
“Great Dog purrfectly conveys familial themes of love and acceptance… Highly recommended.”
CM Canadian Review of Materials
“The Great Dog is a playful and comforting picture book that is a great summer read. The important thing to know, relayed in this book, is that no matter what you are you will be great. Plus, there is more than meets the eye to all of our great heroes, as noted by the snarky and beautiful illustrations done by Miguel Tanco.”