Will You Help Doug Find His Dog? is a funny and interactive book that asks readers to join in Doug’s quest to find his missing dog. Doug, whose name of course sounds a lot like ‘dog’ (some sentences become quite funny to say!), gives us clues to what his own dog looks like and the reader is asked to pat, call and tickle some of the illustrated dogs in order to find Doug’s one. Each time the reader does something, the amount of dogs become smaller and smaller until… we finally discover what we were looking for and, in a funny twist, the reason why he went missing in the first place!
Gorgeously illustrated with watercolours, pencils and digital media, Will You Help Doug Find His Dog? is charming, interesting and filled with textures that further invite the reader to take part into the game. It also features a fun interplay between text and images through the use of bubble speeches and added texture in specific descriptions to give insight into their meaning (like the word ‘scruffy’ written in a scruffy type, and ‘spots’ in a spotted one), making it perfect for beginners or reluctant readers.
Will You Help Doug Find His Dog? is certainly a lovely book that will have you rejoice in its creative beauty, diversity and playfulness.