"...the reader finishes the story with a smile..."
The Ballad of Booster Bogg by Ellen Jackson and illustrated by Christine Mannone Carolan (Shenanigan Books, 2011) is a humorous rhyming story about a dog who doesn’t want an owner. He loves to be free to explore the world. Because he’s an adorable and friendly dog, different people in town try to adopt him and spoil him, but he does not want to be tied down. When a mean townsperson determines to restrain Booster Bogg, the town together finds a clever solution, and Booster Bogg is able to roam free still. The story and the illustrations are both friendly, and reader finishes the story with a smile, happy that the friendly dog kept his freedom.