The Very Very Very Long Dog (Julia Patton)

Hello, friends! Our book today is The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton, a whimsical tale of Bartelby the sausage dog and his uniquely long body.

Bartelby is a very very very long dog. He lives quite happily in a cozy bookshop, spending each morning reading his favorite books whilst eating his breakfast, then meeting with his three young friends to go on a walk through the city. Bartelby loves his walks, but there is one slight problem: while his front end is happily enjoying the stroll, his back end seems all too adept at getting into trouble. Seemingly a block behind Bartelby at all times, his rear has a tendency to hold up traffic, prance through wet cement, and trip up passersby. When Bartelby realizes the trouble his hindquarters are causing, he is embarrassed and heartbroken. Can his clever young friends find a solution for Bartelby’s woes?

This was a really cute premise that, for the most part, worked very well. Bartelby’s sweet, friendly and sensitive nature is endearing right off the bat, and the children he has befriended are wonderful examples of how good pals can help those with special circumstances to navigate the world. The art is scribbly and sweet, adding to the general simple, congenial feel of the story and dialogue. However, the ending was a little underwhelming, and I only wish I had gotten a clearer sense of just how long Bartelby is – including his entire continuous length in at least one illustration might have helped establish a sense of scale. Otherwise, the length was great, and JJ enjoyed it. This would be a fun one for dachshund lovers, or anyone who knows what it’s like to be a little different, but wonderfully unique. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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