Title: The Poky Little Puppy
Author: Janette Sebring Lowrey, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
Publisher: Little Golden Books
Format Read: Hardback
Rummaging through old boxes sometimes reveals the most surprising books – and old favourites! One book I recently got merrily reacquainted with was The Poky Little Puppy, written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren. It was originally published by Little Golden Books in 1942.
It was one of my absolute favourite books as a child, and rereading it now reminded me why. Four little puppies are terribly naughty, dig their way out to the wide wide world, and miss out on desserts. One little puppy is too clever by half. You can guess how that goes. The illustrations are adorable, the puppies even more so – although I’m a bit surprised by all the lavish desserts!
There’s a lot of magic in this slim book, and the style of writing is rhythmic – and just enough to capture a child’s imagination and teach them a few things (without being obvious or preachy about it!) at the same time. The puppies are curious characters. They’re babies after all. And they’re captivated by the world that is so new to their young lives. They’re innocent even in their naughtiness, an endearing trait that brings them to life.
As for the star of the book, the Poky Little Puppy…he is innocent, and sweet, and much smarter than his siblings. A bit too smart for his own good, and too smart puppies usually lack that bit of sense that keeps the others in line. Until, of course, the dénouement.
It is a charmingly told story, beautifully illustrated, and I still recall lines from the tale by heart. There is a reason, I think, that The Poky Little Puppy has remained popular. Reading it now brings back the same thrill that I felt as a child.
A childhood favourite that I am still fascinated by, is The Poky Little Puppy.