Through the unique and very personal story of the author and her dog, Jo, who made it to her new family after living on the streets as a puppy and then in a foster home, Elena Bulay invites us into the exciting world of man’s best friend.
The book has two parts: Elena and Jo’s story, which flows with bright and vibrant gouache illustrations, and alternates with black-and-white information pages. Young dog lovers (and adults too!) will find plenty of fascinating information about dog breeds, dogs’ habits, and historical and zoological dog facts. But most importantly, How to be your dog’s best friend will teach kids how to take proper care of their pet.
The book doesn’t shy away from the big responsibility involved in adopting a dog; it tackles tricky questions and possible problems in a way that is accessible to children. It’s also full of love and tenderness for these creatures that make our lives so much better.
Elena Bulay is an author and illustrator, and was a winner of the Illustrators Exhibition organized by Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2021 for The Life of Wonderful Toys by Sergey Sedov, and in 2022 for How to be your dog’s best friend.