Since I write bedtime stories and chapter books, you know – the kinds of stuff you read to your kids or they read to themselves early on, I will occasionally talk about (not review, mind you) the books and stories I read to my own kids.
Here’s a favorite in our house: Bark, George, by famous cartoonist turned children’s book writer and illustrator, Jules Feiffer. Next to his political cartoons of the 1950s, he may be best known for illustrating The Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster.
My youngest son and I found Bark, George at the library in January. It became an instant classic. He wanted it read every night at bedtime for at least a week. Luckily for him, the weekend after we borrowed it from the library, I attended the SCBWI Midwinter Conference in New York City. Jules Feiffer was a keynote speaker at the conference. I bought his book in the conference bookstore and Mr. Feiffer signed it. He was very gracious. When I told him my son loved this book, he told me I should bring him to the conference.
The book is about a puppy named George who is having a little trouble barking. Every time his mother tells him to bark, he makes an animal sound – a meow, a quack, an oink or a moo. Mama Pooch takes him to the vet who makes an incredible discovery and cures George’s barking problem. The twist at the end is my son’s favorite part.