If you ask Lilly, Dave is the laziest dog in the world. All he ever does is sleep. What she doesn't know, though, is that when she is at school, Dave has lots of adventures. He sleepwalks through them all, but he wins awards, he visits the zoo, and he even catches a jewelry robber ... who happens to be the biggest diamond crook in history! Now Dave is famous all over town!
This is an interesting book. I love - and suspect kids love - all of Dave's sleepwalking adventures. They are imaginative and fun. That changes when Lilly learns about a dog who stopped the jewelry thief. Her comment "too bad you can't be more like that dog" is a bit jarring.
Jarring enough that I can't recommend the book. First, that sentence. Yes, Lilly "recovers" on the next page, but her initial statement is that Dave is "less than" to her. Second, she's watching the news and sees the dog. The opportunity to embrace a happy ending with an "aha" moment was missed.
Last, time is not well established in the story. The scene is set that by listing activities and the days of the week, at least five days have passed. yet, Lilly's comment makes it sound like she was at school just one day. Kids may not see that, but it is pretty glaring.
Readers will cheer for Dave and then they will want to hug him [no spoiler].
Lilly is pretty direct in her comments about Dave not being a hero. Her statement is a big leap after several pages of Dave being celebrated as a hero. Her comments may hurt or bother sensitive readers.
This is a picture book where the reader knows more than Lilly, the human character.
What would your reader say to Dave about Lilly's comment? What would your reader say to Lilly about her comments?
8 and Up
3 to 8
Skip. The concept is fun, but Lilly's treatment of Dave Is not a good model for self esteem.