Chowder is an exceptional dog. He doesn't really do normal dog things. When he digs up a bone, it's on an archaeological dig. When he goes for a walk with his owners, the Wubbingtons, he rides in a carrier on Mr. Wubbington's back. He loves his life, but he wishes he could make friends with other animals. When he sees there's a new petting zoo at their grocery store, he's sure that this is his chance to make friends. But when he accidentally loses the petting zoo's ball, how can he make it up to them?
I love Peter Brown's writing and illustrations. The picture of Chowder standing over an excavated dinosaur is definitely one of my new favourites. I was completely willing to suspend disbelieve over some parts of the story (why does a grocery store have a petting zoo?) because the illustrations and characters were just so wonderful. Peter Brown and Chowder also have websites that are definitely worth checking out.
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder by Peter Brown
Grumpy Gloria by Anna Dewdney
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown