Loki & Alex: The Adventures of a Dog and His Best Friend

by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

A dual point of view puts a clever twist on the story of an African American boy... read more

A dual point of view puts a clever twist on the story of an African American boy and his dog at play in a city park. The narrative is told in two first-person voices. We see the world of Loki the dog in black and white. The world of Alex the child comes in full-color photographs. While young children will easily identify with Alex’s worldview, they will likely be amused, or pleasantly surprised, by Loki’s viewpoint. He doesn’t, for instance, like going down the slide as much as Alex thinks he does, and he is extremely serious about their game of tug-of-war. The familiar situation and gentle humor combine to make this an excellent introduction to the concept of point of view. (Ages 4–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2002

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