Dav Pilkey departs from his wonderfully silly and scatalogically inclined "Captain Underpants" books in the Big Dog and Little Dog series, but displays his usual clever humor in this colorful book for toddlers. It's a chapter book with five brief stories (similar to the "George and Martha" books), in which a very big dog a and very small dog share adventures, many of which get them in trouble with their owner. For example, they have nothing to play with, so they devour a couch; they mistake a skunk for a cat, and arrive home, all stinky, just in time to ruin a party; they play in the mud and spray the owner with mud and water (they take a bath, and "are clean and dry. Now they want to go for another walk").
The color pictures are bright and playful, and Pilkey has interesting compositions: The focus is always on the dogs-sometimes the owner is only partially shown. There is lots of action, and Pilkey uses solid backgrounds painted with acrylics as well as accent patterns to create interest and texture. The organization is superb as well; two simple two simple stories that show the two differently-sized dogs showing canine compassion and affection for each other bracket the three mischievous stories. These are warm and touching, and perhaps a message for young siblings that shared needs and feelings can overcome differences. As others have noted, Pilkey created his own font-"Big Dog," which is fun to look at, and yet another signature Pilkey touch. Highly recommended!