Friday, November 8, 2019


Avery Corman celebrates canine types and personalities in “Bark in the Park!” (Orchard Books, 38 pages, $17.99), an illustrated collection of pithy poems for children ages 3 to 5. Each breed gets its own few lines of playful verse amid pictures by Hyewon Yum that radiate a warm, friendly feel. Among the streets, shops and open spaces of a town we see a wild multiplicity of dogs and people frisking and strolling. A bearded man holds a snub-faced pug, and we read: “Is the pug cute / Or is the pug ugh? / Mostly, people love / The little pug’s mug.” Elsewhere, a fit-looking fellow works out alongside his bull terrier: “A scrappy guy with lots of hustle, / He’s one part dog and one part muscle.” Illustrated endpapers show the 38 breeds featured here.

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