Boomer knows something's up the day a shiny new bowl appears next to his, but imagine Boomer's surprise when he finds himself nose to nose with a new puppy! Just when Boomer thinks he's no longer top dog, he discovers there's room for two, and that the puppy is more than a new sibling - he's a new friend. Boomer's Big Surprise is filled with warmth and humor, and will have special appeal to any child facing the arrival of a new baby.
"Using unembellished language and plain sentence structure, the narrator reports Boomer's feelings, "Later, everyone went outside to play. Boomer was very excited ... He waited and waited for someone to throw him the ball. But no one did." Baby wins Boomer over with a wag of the tail and a lick of the nose, enlisting the older dog in play. The crowning moment is a spread showing Boomer as onlooker to the new puppy's masterpiece a paw-printed living room with a chewed-up shoe, knocked-over plant, and spilling goldfish bowl. The affectionate watercolors will find their audience in dog lovers and children with new siblings alike." from Kirkus Reviews
"Charming watercolor illustrations enhance the story of Boomer, a golden retriever, who feels neglected when a new puppy joins the household. Children will relate to the puppy's playfulness and Boomer's emotions as he deals with the arrival of a new sibling." 1999 Parents' Choice® Recommendation