This Book Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne Book Review

This Book Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Release Date: September 30, 2014

First it is the dog that disappears into the gutter of the book. When Bella calls for help, all the helpers disappear too. It quickly becomes clear that it will take more than just a tug on the leash to put things right. However, once Bella gets eaten, the only one who can save them is the reader.

A fun play on a popular phrase, this book was almost perfect for the bibliophile. Characters disappearing into the gutter of the book? Seriously, how do people come up with these ideas? A picture book writer I am not. I was kind of hoping that the author would use the construction of a picture book to determine when the characters would reappear, but I guess that would have been overly confusing and only for the book construction nerds. I am, of course, referring to the way a printer prints and folds a standard 32 page picture book. That said, the interactive nature of the book, similar to Press Here was fantastic. One of my favorite picture books so far this year.