Can you resist these best friends in Poodle and Hound (Charlesbridge, 2009) by Kathryn Lasky? I can't. And I don't normally like poodles. And it isn't just how these characters look. The illustrations are by Mitch Vane.
The three stories in this book for beginning readers are fun. Hound surprises Poodle in the first one. In the second they are both annoyed with each other, but of course it works out in the end. The third Poodle comes up with a unique way to get something she wants, but the wonderful part is that what she does helps Hound.
Kathryn Lasky is one prolific author. Her numerous books range from picture books through novels for children and young adults and to nonfiction. She also writes fiction for adults. I love what she says, "All my best ideas for books, one way or another, come from experiences with my family." Find out more here.
Prolific is the word for illustrator Mitch Vane, too. She's done three books for Charlesbridge, plus many for other publishers. Check out her books, illustrations and cartoons at http://www.mitchvane.com
P.S. This book was edited by the wonderful Yolanda Scott.