Dog and the Lost Leg by Carlee Yardley
Published by Walker Books Australia
Dog wakes up to find one of his legs missing (as you do) and has no recollection as to how or why. His steadfast friend Fox guides him on a journey to find the right replacement. From an ill-fitting biker boot to a long loopy ocoto leg, everyone that the pair encounters is ready with a kind word and an assortment of legs.
These images are beautiful. I never knew that appliqué could be so expressive. These simple, yet beautifully crafted images belie their deep expressiveness. Check out Bruno’s handlebar moustache and Dog’s existential sigh as he wonders if he can be happy with only three and not four legs. Will he ever jiggle with happiness again?
Fox to the rescue as he seeks the help of Pip the mouse. She handcrafts a bespoke leg—made just for Dog and it is… perfect. Let the jiggling begin.
As finely woven as the neat threads in her illustrations, the theme of friendship, support and finding the right resolution to life’s problems emerge.
This is a lovely and uplifting tale for three to six year olds. Sometimes you got to feel whole and complete to jiggle.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Carlee Yardley
Title: Dog and the Lost Leg
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: July 2015