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
Jill Esbaum is the author of many award-winning picture books and nonfiction books. Recent titles include How to Grow a Dinosaur, Frankenbunny, and Little Kids First Big Book of Why 2. She and her husband live on an Iowa farm guarded by a supersmart, all-bark-and-no-bite dog named Brodie—champion chaser of cats, raccoons, and squirrels—whose best trick is opening doors to places he isn’t supposed to be.
Illustrator: Scott Brundage
Scott Brundage is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and character designer. As a child, his parents rightly decided he was far too indoorsy for his own heath 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. His children’s books include Where’s My Cow? and The First Men Who Went to the Moon. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and the Society of Illustrators. Learn more at scottbrundage.com.
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