Hello Goodbye Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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Title: Hello Goodbye Dog

Author: Maria Gianferrari

Illustrator: Patrice Barton

 Publisher: Roaring Book Press, 2017

Ages: 5-8

Themes: therapy dogs, friendship with pets




“Hello Moose!” said Zara.

There was nothing Moose loved more than hello.


For Zara s dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with her favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.

Hello, Moose!

Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed at school and Moose has to go back home.

Goodbye, Moose.

But Moose can’t be held back for long. Through a series of escalating escapes, this loyal dog always finds her way back to Zara, and with a little bit of training and one great idea, the two friends find a way to be together all day long.

Why I like LOVE this book:

So much happiness. I grinned from ear to ear as this playful little-girl-loving pup continues to find ways to escape and follow his girl to school. Told from the dog’s POV, Moose is always super well behaved, especially when it comes to being read to. The shenanigans ensue only when it’s time for Moose to say goodbye and stay home. The mounting number of adults it takes to snag Moose to get him home only escalates the humor.

Poor Moose, looks like he’s gonna have to stay in his crate during the school day. But wait, Zara’s a smart cookie, and comes up with a plan to please dog and school alike! What a winning tale, and beautiful dog appropriate language like,

“Goodbye was an itch that couldn’t be scratched,” 

Patrice’s illustrations have all the ‘aw’ factor that the text has!

This is an adorable inclusive story of the unconditional love that dogs offer humans, with a lovely biracial family and little girl who gets around adeptly in her wheelchair.


There is an author’s note about the importance of therapy dogs with online resources
Therapy Dogs International: tdi-dog.org

I would pair this with the nonfiction book, Toby and Tutter, Therapy Dogs.

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7 Responses to Hello Goodbye Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. I keep seeing this book reviewed and want to read the book. I love the bond between the girl and her therapy dog. Beautiful illustrations!

  2. Gabi Snyder says:

    This looks amazing — I need to check it out. I love stories about the human-dog bond and this the cover illustration is adorable.

  3. Barb says:

    Happy books are good books. Sounds like a keeper!

  4. I really love this book – the more I read it the more I love it!

  5. Aww… so adorable. Ha I was just watching a documentary on therapy dogs.

  6. Thank you so much for featuring Hello Goodbye Dog here, Joanna!! <3 <3 🙂

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