The Dog Walk

The Dog Walk
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Release Date
October 12, 2021
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A brilliantly bizarre wordless wonder from an award-winning Swedish illustrator
It's time for Grandma's dog to go for a walk. The eager pooch tugs the boy's hand, excited to get going. But where will they end up?

This is a dog walk like no other, through amazing fairy-tale worlds, paintings come to life, Escher-esque castles, an intricately cluttered antique store, and past countless delights: walking teapots, miniature steamboats, giant hedgehogs and islands with sails.

This fantastical story of a dog and a boy is told entirely through the weird, whimsical and often hilarious illustrations. Children will pore over each page, delighting in the incredible details. Each reading will bring fresh discoveries and new twists to the tale.

Beloved Swedish children's illustrator Sven Nordqvist unleashes his endlessly inventive talent in this funny and satisfying wordless book. Walking the dog will never feel the same again.

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whimsical, wordless picture book
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THE DOG WALK is an intriguing picture book that tells a whimsical story without words. The book features many detailed and intricate designs without any text. The book begins with a child and dog going out for a walk. They travel through many strange places before eventually returning home.

What I loved: This is a book where children can get creative with crafting their own stories and imagining what is happening in each scene. There is much going on in each illustration, and the details will leave something new to be discovered with each read. Finding the child and dog on each page is only the start of a larger adventure.

What left me wanting more: Some of the images may be better for older children. I would also have preferred not to have smoking in the book (there is a character smoking a cigar), but this is a small thing. The story is not totally clear, but there is also appeal in making up something new.

Final verdict: THE DOG WALK is a whimsical, wordless picture book that will appeal to young imaginations.
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