If You Were A Dog by Jamie Swenson Book Review

If You Were A Dog by Jamie Swenson
Illustrations by Chris Raschka
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Release Date: September 30, 2014

If you could be any kind of animal what would you be? A dog perhaps? Or maybe a sharp-toothed dinosaur? What kind of sounds would you make?

Let's admit it, kids and adults love books where they get to make funny noises. I loved that the story didn't just stick to common animals either. Dinosaurs, fish, bugs. All get their moment. It made the book unpredictable in a way that kids will just love. The best part is that in the end, it is decided that perhaps the best animal you can be is a kid. The illustrations are simple and hold that distinctive style that is Chris Raschka, abstract in form and engaging. This is definitely a story that begs to be read out loud.