Pug Pals: Yay for Vacay!
By Ahn, Flora
Children’s Mystery/Picture Story Book
Scholastic Press Hardcover (No Dust Jacket)
If you’re too shallow to appreciate Pugs, stop reading right now.
That said, Flora Ahn has done it again. Yes, another classic. Her first Pug-themed children’s book, Pug Pals: Two’s a Crowd (2018), introduced us to Sunny and Rosy, two dogs with human traits who bonded under conditions that didn’t look too promising at first.
The second book in the series, Pug Pals: Yay for Vacay! is an equally uplifting continuation of the odd relationship between two dear friends who have become family.
Sunny and Rosie are headed to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for an unexpected adventure in which they must solve a mystery and protect their own reputations. The story includes literary allusions that some children won’t get, but adults can appreciate the humor. It’s a book which can be enjoyed on different levels.
The book is full of illustrations (by the author) of Sunny and Rosy, which emphasize body language and facial expressions. The drawings are hilarious and touching, and will appeal to anyone who admires Sandra Boynton’s work.
Many books are donated, resold or just misplaced after reading. The Pug Pals series should be kept, though. You can reread these books and look at the drawings later, and possibly get something different out of them the second time. That’s because the reader, not the books, will change with time.