One rainy night, a little white dog needed something to eat and a place to sleep. He went looking and found something he didn’t expect–a home.
The most fitting word I can find for this book is appealing. McDuff, a little grey dog that no one seems to want, is surprisingly appealing for a stray. It is easy to see how life with Lucy and Fred would be appealing for McDuff–from their lovely home furnishings to their cozy habits, their picture-perfect life is missing just one thing–a dog. The text is on the spare side as if told from the perspective of the dog. Rosemary Wells’ vibrant and warm illustrations give the story real heart. Although I am not sure which decade she was aiming for, I have always liked the period feel of the illustrations. Our family has never had a dog but, in the context of this book, even I find the idea of having a dog appealing.
Rosemary Wells’s career as an author and illustrator spans more than thirty years and 120 books. She has won numerous awards and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. rosemarywells.com