- Title: No Dogs Allowed!
- Author: Jon J Muth, Sonia Manzano
- Released: 2004-04-01
- Pages: 32
- ISBN: 0689830882
- ISBN13: 978-0689830884
- ASIN: 0689830882
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From Gr. 1-3. Though its cover is emblazoned with "Written by MARIA from Sesame Street," there's nary a Muppet to be found inside Manzano's picture-book debut. Instead, readers will find a fanciful, urban tall tale about a Latino family's expedition from the Bronx to the beach, narrated by six-year-old Iris. The dog, extended family, and "neighbors from the tri-state area" all come along, too, toting everything from a multicourse banquet and a piano to a traveling game of dominoes. A series of obstacles (engine trouble, a navigational mishap, a beach marked "No Dogs Allowed") intensify the participants' appreciation for the fleeting fun in the sun they finally enjoy. Muth, illustrator of Old Turtle and the Broken Truth (2003) and other books, captures the silliness to perfection, buoying up Manzano's overlong text with his distinctive, spidery line-and-watercolor images. The humor of a simple outing that balloons into a fiesta may resonate most strongly with families for whom "small" and "family gathering" are contradictions in terms, but the anything-goes sensibility has universal appeal. Jennifer Mattson
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