|Doreen Cronin. Juana Medina, illus.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||34 / 2015|
Smick is a big white dog. ("Sit, Smick.") He loves chasing a stick. ("Go, Smick, go!") But when Smick hears a "Cluck!" he's soon nosing a tiny chick. ("No, Smick, no!") But all is well—Smick and Chick are soon best friends, and retrieving sticks together. The author of the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo here provides the short phrases that accompany the simple yet personality-packed illustrations of Juana Medina, who uses bold black lines, a dash of color, and photos of actual rosemary tree sticks and alstroemeria petals (for colorful Chick) to create a winning picture book for readers up to 6 and dog lovers of all ages. As a bonus, the endpapers are full of additional pictures of Smick and Chick playing, chasing, and snoozing together.
"Less is definitely more in this fetching, fun-filled mix of dog, chick and stick, guaranteed to tickle all."—Kirkus Reviews
"With only a smattering of words and thick dark outlined drawings on the white pages, Smick's telling facial features accentuate his playful charm. Photographs of flower petals and rosemary tree sticks are combined with digital images to achieve an excellent effect. This clever and appealing glimpse into the start of some delightful friendships is one doggone good time."—School Library Journal