Where'd My Jo Go?
When trucker Jo hits the open road, her faithful little doggy pal, Big Al, is always with her. The two make a fine traveling team until Big Al gets distracted after a potty break at a rest stop and wanders off. In her rush to get back on the road, Jo doesn't realize her best buddy isn't in the truck cab. As soon as Big Al figures out what has happened, he is determined that nothing will distract him from his plan to wait for Jo to come back. Well, almost nothing. When you're a dog, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the unfamiliar and tempting sights and smells, and even new humans. Told in both Jo's and Big Al's voices, this heartwarming story of separation and joyful reunion is based on a true event.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
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|Publisher||Sleeping Bear Press|
|Available Formats||Hardcover (9781534110441), PDF (9781534166714), Hosted ebook (9781534166851)|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||10 x 10|
Kirkus Reviews - Where'd My Jo Go?
A small dog named Big Al gets left behind at a truck stop, where he waits for his owner to come back for him.Jo drives a big, blue rig with Al in the seat next to her, sharing life on the road. Al has white fur with rust-colored spots and dark, expressive eyes, poignantly illustrated on the appealing cover. Jo has curly, red hair, light skin, and a jaunty baseball cap personalized with her name. In peppy, rhyming text Al details his antics around the truck stop and his sad realization that while he was playing, he was left behind when Jo hit the road. Al waits at the truck stop all afternoon and into the night, growing more and more worried about Jo’s whereabouts. Just as a brown-skinned boy named Zack is begging his parents to let him adopt the stray dog he’s found, Jo pulls up in her blue truck for a happy reunion with her canine best friend. Watercolor-and-pencil illustrations of Al’s playful behavior and expressions help make him an irresistible character. A wide variety of formats and perspectives add interest, with a fine sense of dramatic suspense particularly evident in the nighttime scenes.Humor, emotion, and great puppy-dog eyes. (author’s note)
Author: Jill Esbaum
Illustrator: Scott Brundage
An illustrator and character designer, Scott Brundage lives in New York City. As a child, his parents rightly decided he was far too indoorsy for his own health, and encouraged him to try various hobbies. When T-ball’s rules confused him and judo required too much coordination, he found his love for drawing cartoons at a local art class. Scott has sketched and painted ever since, eventually attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. As a freelancer, his work has been recognized by American Illustration, SILA, and the Society of Illustrators. His illustrations have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, the Washington Post, and other publications. His clients include Tor Books, AARP, CBS, and Showtime. He also illustrated A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet. His work can be found at www.scottbrundage.com.
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