LaRue Across America: Postcards from the Vacation with Z, I wondered why author and illustrator Mark Teague wrote a book about a dog that can't seem to tell the truth and appears a bit delusional. And then we were lucky enough to see him speak the other night at our favorite indie book store and he explained where Ike is coming from and it all made sense.
Ike is a scamp, a terrier who has had many adventures, each one colored by his own view of things -- namely that he is a saint and the cats next door are holy terrors. This isn't exactly the truth but you wouldn't be able to convince Ike of it! His owner, Mrs. LaRue is wise to him but she also loves the pup. In their latest adventure, Ike and Mrs. LaRue are about to set out on a summer cruise when the neighbor lady faints in the heat and needs to spend some time in the hospital. Mrs. LaRue offers to mind her cats and decides to change their cruise to a road trip across the States. The story is told through Ike's postcards back to their owner, Mrs. Hibbins. As you can guess, two cats and a dog in a car is the perfect setting for hijinks. Add in a water park, the Empire State Building and the Grand Canyon and kids also get an introduction to some of the wonderful things that America has to offer.
Packing our bags,
K and Z
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