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Saturday 5 September 2020

Review: We Love You, Magoo

Dogs are practically human, aren't they? 

Magoo seems to think so.

Magoo is a dog, and he's a crazy, loveable hound.

Unfortunately for Magoo, much as he'd like to do the things his humans do (like eating eggs for breakfast), there always seems to be a canine alternative.

No chewing the toys for Magoo. He gets his own ball instead.

And there's no creating havoc in the mud or toilet water. It's a soapy bath and a dog bowl for Magoo.

We Love You, Magoo is a book with a character that anyone with a dog will recognise.

Magoo's 'puppy dog eyes' will grab you from the first page. He gets into mischief typical for a dog, but his family loves him, and he will wind his way into your heart as well.

The text is short and simple, and rhyme and repetition are put to good use. Reading the story aloud, kids will be quickly reading along with you, especially the refrain, 'No, Magoo. This is for you.'

Author and illustrator, Briony Stewart has captured Magoo in all his active glory. He looks about ready to leap off the page.

The illustrations are bright and simple with use of colours kept to just a few. Blue, yellow and white are spread across the pages, setting the scenes, with Magoo himself an orangey-brown.

We Love You, Magoo is a great story to share with children who are pre-readers and beginning readers.

Title: We Love You, Magoo
Author/Illustrator: Briony Stewart
Publisher: Puffin, $ 19.99
Publication Date: September 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760896904
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book