Thursday, January 2, 2014

Doggy Slippers

Doggy Slippers
Jorge Luján (with the contribution of Latin American children)
Translated by Elisa Amado
Illustrated by Isol

I'm really excited to start the new year with this book. Doggy Slippers is a book filled with poems that are simple but so incredibly beautiful. I was immediately drawn to it because of the title; I love animals, especially dogs. Each poem is about a pet that the narrator, almost always a child, has or wants. I love the way children see the world, and these children are no different. From the child who feels that even though his bunny bites, he is still “nicer than the nicest people,” to the child that took care of his little dog when he got hit by a truck (and is now an enormous howling dog), I loved each and every one of these poems. What makes this book even more of a treasure is the detail provided about poems were gathered and came together to form a book. Each of the children from Latin American who wrote a poem that contributed to the book is named. Not only was it a good concept, but it resulted in a simple, peaceful, breathtaking treasure.

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