As part of the festivities for my son's Christmas party at school, they will be having a book exchange. Yes, this is music to an author's ears. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE children's literature, and his teacher basically gave me the lovely excuse to buy another children's book. This meant perusing the book aisles with an excited four-year-old.
There is no better time had by anyone, anywhere.
At the end of our book hunt, our shopping cart held a copy of Garth Stein's Enzo Races in the Rain! This picture book really is a joy to read. It's told in an adorably busy puppy's perspective. He loves racing and all that is fast. Early on, Enzo is paired with an equally adorable girl who loves everything her new puppy does. That is until he squeezes through a hole in the backyard fence and quickly gets more of an adventure than he bargained for. Thankfully, he does find his way back home. I'm such a sucker for racing lingo and a happy ending. And it just so happens that this story has both.
My son was silent during the entire story, completely taken in by sweet, little Enzo and Stein's dynamic storytelling. If you have a little one who likes excitement, this might just be the perfect Christmas present.
If your little one isn't quite so little anymore--like maybe 7-9 little--and he or she still loves a good adventure, boy, do I have a story for you!!
Axel and Theo