Sometimes when we are unsure of things or NEW events are happening in our lives they can seem sooo BIG. Our mind can exaggerate the situation and make us feel afraid. Have you ever heard of the saying “don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill”? Well, that is what the Hope family is expressing in this book.
The Black Dog is a surprise to the Hopes and they aren’t sure what to do, so Small the youngest and smallest (hence the name) goes outside to meet the creature. As the story goes on, the GIGANTIC black dog becomes smaller and more life size, and Black dog is loyal to Small Hope. Things aren’t so bad after all for the Hope family, and life seems to be looking up for Black Dog.
Levi Pinfold has shared a delightful story, but REALLY these illustrations need no words to go along side of them. Charming and cheerful are these artful pictures, Pinfold has created images filled with detail. Even imagination, like the big golden eye looking through the bathroom window creates AWE for the viewer.
And, the Hope family, well aren’t they the silly family with creative materials for hats and the barricade made of furniture and house hold items. “Hope” must be significant for the author / illustrator, as the story unveils the truth about the Black Dog it shows the other side of the front door so to speak for the family.
Nice! A charming story and a unique outlook on how we see things that my scar us.