Book: No Dogs Allowed!
Author: Linda Ashman; illustrations by Kristin Sorra
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
DogTipper Review: Linda Ashman’s books for children have won numerous awards and tons of praise. No Dogs Allowed!, published in 2011, tells the story (mostly in pictures) of Alberto’s City Lights Restaurant which hopes to entice passersby with a “Welcome” sign at its entrance.
“Welcome” is not always true however, as a variety of would-be diners and their pets (dogs, bunnies, birds, armadillos, kangaroos, and others) are turned away.
Each rejected pet inspire’s another sign at Alberto’s door: “No Dogs Allowed,” “No Dogs or Cats Allowed,” “…or Bunnies,” “No One with Fur,” and so on with mounting desperation as the beleaguered restaurateur tries to stay ahead of the game.
Meanwhile, the rejected diners and their pets gather at a nearby city square drinking lemonade from a pushcart while the restaurant remains empty. In the end, Alberto sees the error of his ways and hangs out a much simpler sign: “Everyone Allowed.” A more tolerant Alberto even changes the restaurant’s name to ” All Critters Bistro.”
The narrative of the story is moved mainly through Kristin Sorra’s beautiful illustrations. The artist’s work has appeared in numerous picture books, comic books and magazines. The book is a generously-sized hardback which should stand up well to handling by youngsters.
While the simple story is aimed at the youngest readers, the book’s clever lesson on tolerance can be appreciated by older readers as well.
Price: $14.95 list
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Disclosure: We received a copy of No Dogs Allowed! for review; we were not paid for our review and all statements are entirely our own.