"Homer," by Diane deGroat and Shelley Rotner, is the type of picture book
that makes adults want to read it as much as kids! This story is for the
dogs. No, really, it is! Homer is the faithful companion of Alex, a young
boy who loves baseball almost as much as Homer does. Did I mention that
Homer is a dog? In fact he is a dog who loves baseball so much that he
dreams about it.
What makes this picture book such a novel offering in a sea of books for
kids is that the illustrations are cartoon-style background photographs of
the dogs expertly Photoshopped into the picture. Even the end papers are a
display of doggie baseball cards. The result is absolutely hysterical!
The story takes place on a very special night as Alex is sleeping. Homer
sneaks out the doggie door and meets up with his friends for a baseball game
at the stadium, where the Doggers are matched against the Hounds. There are
cheering dog fans in the stands, "dog-outs" for the players,
microphone-wielding announcers and of course, dogs of all shapes and sizes
clad in baseball uniforms.
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The expressions and poses of the dogs are so funny that readers
will be laughing out loud. Buggy eyes, paws covering eyes as a
pitcher swings and proud stances make details bounce from the pages.
Favorite pictures are sure to be Whitey getting a "walk," Rocketís
single and Luckyís "droolball." And those who enjoy a little potty
humor will be sure to notice a Dogger who is obviously a "relief"
Will the Doggers be able to come back in the ninth inning with
the Hounds leading 3-0? Read and find out! Whether you are a
baseball fan or not, you will find "Homer" an enjoyable book to
share and laugh over with a friend, little or tall!
You will find this book and other baseball-themed stories at the
Lincoln Public Library, 725 Pekin St. Check it out!
[Text from file received from Louella Moreland,
Lincoln Public Library District]
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