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Talk, Oscar, Please!

Talk, Oscar, Please!

Karen Kaufman Orloff
Illustrator:  Tim Bowers 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Sterling, 2011   ISBN: 978-1402765636

Oscar is dog who can yip, howl, bark, growl, whimper, and wheeze. The one thing that he cannot do is talk. More than anything Oscar’s little boy wishes his pet could communicate using human speech. If Oscar could talk, he could go to school, coach the little boy’s soccer team, or go to a restaurant. If Oscar could talk the two of them could chat while they played together, and the little boy knows that Oscar, unlike his big brother, wouldn’t “tease.”

Imagine all the things Oscar could do if he could really talk. Why, he could tell the vet what is wrong with him when he is ill, he could be in a quiz show, he could talk on the phone, and he could even sing the little boy dog lullabies at night.

Most young pet owners have wished at some point that they could communicate with their cat, dog, hamster, or goldfish. This picture book explores one little boy’s dream, but it also shows that perhaps one doesn’t need one’s pet to talk to be able to understand what they are saying. After all, a close connection between the best of friends does not need really need the use of words. Does it?

With a clever rhyming text and warm ‘feel good’ illustrations, this is a picture book story that is sure to resonate with young pet owners.