Buster and the Baby

Amy Hest (Author) Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)


What could be more endearing than the bond between a baby and a puppy? A sweet and spirited tale from two picture-book masters.

In the little red house, a dog ducks under the table. He waits and watches and waits some more as his heart goes thump, thump, thump. And then . . . CHAAA! Out of the shadows comes the baby, squealing and whirling and bumping his nose! Go Buster, go Buster, go! Is behind the blue chair a good place to hide? With beautifully tender artwork and an engaging repetitive text, author Amy Hest and illustrator Polly Dunbar follow two little ones in a breathless game of chase -- winding up in a heart-tugging role reversal sure to sweeten readers' dreams.

Product Details

Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
October 24, 2017
11.0 X 9.56 X 0.44 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author

Amy Hest is the author of many beloved picture books, including Charley's First Night and When Charley Met Grampa, both illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; Little Chick and three books about Sam and Mrs. Bear, all illustrated by Anita Jeram; and Are You Sure, Mother Bear?, illustrated by Lauren Tobia. Amy Hest lives in New York City.

Polly Dunbar is the author-illustrator of several books for young children, including Penguin, Hello Tilly, Pretty Pru, and Good Night, Tiptoe. She is also the illustrator of Pat-a-Cake Baby and Here's a Little Poem, among other titles. She lives in England.


Readers will feel as though they're in the thick of the fun thanks to the exclamations and exhortations that punctuate the narration, as well as the inviting energy of the sunny-hued pictures, which give the familiar rhythms and tensions of the game delicious immediacy. A page doesn't go by without a wonderful moment: in one round of the game, the toddler announces her presence by dropping peas, one by one, onto Buster's head.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

In a rhythmic text and lively art, a classic friendship story plays out through an extended game of hide-and seek between a baby and a small white dog named Buster...Digitally rendered crayon and paint illustrations contrast soft pastel colors with high-energy line work. Buster and the baby are delightfully expressive throughout this thrilling game of chase.
--Horn Book

The unbreakable bond between a child and a dog is explored in this simple yet touching book...Pencil-and-watercolor illustrations bring the characters to life while maintaining a soft and calming mood to make this a delightful bedtime story.
--School Library Journal

An amusing tale with heart that preschoolers will enjoy.
--Kirkus Reviews