We Love You, Magoo
32pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
From the very front cover, the family says they love their dog Magoo but he’s beginning to wonder. No matter how hard he tries to be like them, with them and do the things they do, he quickly finds out there is one rule for people and another for dogs. It’s a bit like being a little person – one rule for you and another for the grown-ups.
This is an hilarious story that will resonate with all of us who have dogs and know just how much they want to be a part of our daily lives. But it could also have a serious side because there is often a very good reason we don’t let our pets eat and do the same things we do, and so it can become a teaching tool as children become more responsible for the animals in their care. In fact, the Humane Society has even published a list of human foods that are poisonous to pets so that what seems like deprivation is actually what’s best for them.
Its text is simple and the rhyme. rhythm and repetition mean that even our youngest readers will be able to pick it up and tell themselves the story – such an empowering part of early reading behaviours.