Doggo and Pupper by Katherine Applegate

Doggo and Pupper, a new chapter-book series, features an old dog learning new tricks and a new dog learning responsibility.

Doggo and Pupper by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charlie Adler. Feiwel and Friends, 2021, 100 pages

Reading Level: Chapter book, ages 4-8

Recommended for: ages 3-4 as a read-aloud; 5-7 as independent reading

Doggo is an important member of the household. He wears many hats: nap taker, bug stalker, girl walker, kid minder, squirrel scolder—how could they get along without him? Busy as he is, though, he’s stuck in a rut. Every day is the same old- same hold—and then his humans get an idea. Its name is Pupper: silly, goofy, lazy, messy Pupper. When the craziness gets to be too much, the humans send him to charm school. Pupper learns his lessons well, but . . . could even he get stuck in the Same Old Same Old?

Doggo solves this problem in a way that doesn’t undermine household stability. Parents will appreciate that, and kids will love the doggies, because who doesn’t? The cartoony illustrations are a big plus: both simple and expressive (I love the kid-minder one). Doggo and Pupper have formed a durable bond by the end—to no one’s surprise—so we can look forward to further adventures.

Overall Rating: 4 (out of 5)

  • Worldview/moral value: 3.5
  • Artistic/literary value: 4.5

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