At one point, our Great Dane had to wear an Elizabethan collar (one of those ridiculous-looking cones that you put on your dog when they have an injury that they can’t stop licking). I remember her bumbling around the house, knocking into things with her head hung down in shame. We could never leave it on her for too long: her embarrassment was too much for us to watch, and she was so large that it was actually sort of a hazard to have her weaving about, unable to see where she was going.
When I saw the adorable Mister Bud and Zorro on the cover of Carter Goodrich’s picture book Mister Bud Wears the Cone, I knew it would be worth the read. Whether your little one is a dog lover or just a fan of adorable illustrations and funny animal antics, this book will be sure to please.
Mister Bud is a dog with a sore spot that he can’t stop licking. Unfortunately, this means that he has to wear his cone collar. Mister Bud seems to be getting all the attention, and Zorro, his doggie brother, starts to get jealous. Zorro starts to tease Mister Bud, stealing his toys. When Mister Bud chases his tormentor, he knocks into a table with his cone, and a lamp falls and breaks. Finally, Mister Bud will be in trouble! Unfortunately for Zorro, who has also gotten into the dog treats, Mr. Bud is rewarded by getting his collar off and getting a treat for his misery, while Zorro gets in trouble for being naughty.
There is a very relatable thread in Mister Bud and Zorro’s story of sibling rivalry, and perhaps a lesson to be learned from this book. Above all, though, Mister Bud Wears the Cone is fun, entertaining, and cute.
The adorable and hilarious illustrations in this book will have young readers giggling, and the text is fun to read, with plenty of dialogue. It’s an especially fun book if you’ve ever had or known a dog; canine mannerisms and quirks are easy to recognize through Goodrich’s expressive style. Mr. Goodrich is also a cartoon illustrator for The New Yorker, and designed characters for the movies Brave and Ratatouille. His pictures will appeal to readers of all ages.