Nolan J. Vander Haagen, author
"Some Dogs" is a book about discovering dogs and their personalities. We learn that dogs have different characteristics. More importantly, we learn to accept and appreciate their differences.
In an authorial debut from special education teacher Vander Haagen, dogs of “all shapes and sizes” are celebrated for their lovable quirks. The text is simple, taking readers through a range of canine attributes and personalities (“Some dogs are pretty and never make a mess./ Some dogs are dirty and always cause stress”). Vander Haagen’s narrative is sparse both in language and dimension, but the resounding message, that all pooches deserve love, is worthwhile. Digital illustrations by Bonifacini feature a black-haired, light-skinned toddler interacting with dogs of various breeds. It’s similarly one-dimensional, but cheery colors and varied expressions make for a friendly style reminiscent of television cartoons. Together, the words and illustrations compose a quick readaloud best suited for very young readers. Ages 3–5. (Self-published)