Hello Goodbye Dog

Zara says Goodbye, but her dog, Moose, only wants to say, Hello.

To be published by Roaring Brook Press and illustrated by the accomplished Patrice Barton (Spring 2017).

Shelf Awareness Starred Review: "Author Maria Gianferrari and artist Patrice Barton are clearly dog people; both highlight canine family members in their back flap bios. That pooch-love is evident throughout: Gianferrari's clever text perfectly embodies Moose's mournful ‘AAAA-WOOO’s’ over ‘Goodbye was tag without an 'It.'/ Goodbye was tug and no war./ Goodbye was hide without seek,’ while Barton's whimsically energetic drawings showcase Moose's delighted devotion to Zara, her mischievous plotting toward her next hello and her rapt attention to reading. … Effortlessly inclusive, Gianferrari and Barton's creative Hello Goodbye Dog becomes an inviting mirror or window for any child, welcoming every reader in."

Booklist Starred Review: "Gianferrari’s choice of language fits this determined dog who views goodbye as ‘an itch that couldn’t be scratched’ or ‘tug without war, hide without seek.’ And how welcome that Zara’s wheelchair is portrayed only in the illustrations, presented as just another facet of her life."

Kirkus: "Gianferrari’s dog’s-eye metaphors for loneliness and Barton’s expressive, energetic mixed-media illustrations highlight Moose’s affection and the joy she brings to others. An author’s note provides a brief description of therapy dogs as well as two websites for further information. Young children and their dogs will enjoy this cheery tale."

School Library Journal Popular Pick: "Like most dogs, Moose loves ‘hello’ and hates ‘goodbye.’ ‘Hello’ is a ride in the car, a pat on the head, or a visit with her favorite people. ‘Goodbye’ is a closed door and being alone. Moose loves ‘hello’ most when it involves her favorite human, Zara. … VERDICT: welcome addition to any school or public library serving preschool and early elementary-age children."

Hello Goodbye Dog