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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Short Adventures of a Loooong Dog: Loooong Dog's Adventures is an animal adventure picture book written and illustrated by Jessica Neal. What better way for a dog to spend a sunny day out of doors than visiting the local park? Loooong Dog loves the park and the animals and people he interacts with there. He sees Mike the local postman and pauses for a moment to enjoy the singing of three birds in a nest. The ice cream man treats Loooong Dog to a delicious cone filled with ice cream, and he quickly decides to join a team of boys playing with an irresistible red ball. He’s pretty good at catching any stray frisbees he happens to spy flying through the air as well. When it begins to rain, Loooong Dog simply shakes the water off his coat from time to time and continues enjoying the park and the animals he meets. Then, it’s time to go home where his best friend and human companion is waiting for him.
Short Adventures of a Loooong Dog gives young readers insights into the things that make dogs happy and keep them motivated. Loooong Dog loves his social interactions with both people and other animals, and he seeks out opportunities for play and exercise. And dogs love snacks and treats just like kids do, even ice cream and hot dogs (though Loooong Dog doesn’t seem too impressed with the name of that meaty and delicious treat.) Jessica Neal’s story is fun to follow and the rhyming lyrics make it easier for young readers to sound words out and explore new vocabulary. Neal’s illustrations work perfectly with the storyline, and I especially loved seeing Loooong Dog flying through the air as he catches a frisbee in flight. Each picture grabs the reader’s eye with its details, careful use of perspective, and depiction of motion. This book is also a grand introduction to dogs for caregivers to share with young readers who will soon be adopting a new pet. Short Adventures of a Loooong Dog: Loooong Dog's Adventures is most highly recommended.