By R.A. Herman, Illustrations by Steve Haskamp
Dutton Children’s Books, 2005
Gomer loves to feel the wind rushing past his ears. He loves to bring the stick back to Donna and get a pat on his head.
The word “cute” gets a bad rap. We tend to equate it with trying hard but falling noticeably short of a goal. Girls who aren’t gorgeous are “cute.” Kids who sing off-key during a school recital: “cute.” And so on. But when I say that Gomer, a short tale about a sensitive Golden Retriever who loses his stuffed dog in the park, is one of the cutest books I’ve ever read, I mean it as a compliment. It’s sweet without being cloying. Gently suspenseful. And the charming, funny ending hits it out of the park. Just prepare for your child to contract some major Puppy Fever, thanks to the cute illustrations.