Thursday, November 7, 2013

Flo & Wendell

Flo & Wendell by William Wegman
4/5 stars
Dial, 2013
32 pages
Children's Book

Source: Received an unsolicited copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Just a quick review as I've been busy and haven't had as much time to read as I'd like.

This randomly arrived in the mail and while I'm definitely a cat girl, the image of these dogs in clothes acting like humans caught my imagination. Even now after completing the book the incongruity makes me chuckle, even more so as I like seeing an older sister boss around her younger sibling (oh those were the days!) even when the younger sibling demonstrates some reluctance.

This book's story is very simple, exploring a sibling relationship between Flo and her little brother Wendell. But obviously it's the artwork that is the draw. As can be seen in the cover, it's a mix of photographs of Wegman's own dogs and beautiful colorful paintings. I wish I had more of an artistic eye to do justice to their loveliness but the colors are the part that really gets me. They seem very rich with Flo's pink sweater probably being my favorite hue featured.

Overall: I don't really know any children to recommend this to but if you appreciate sibling stories/have an artistic bent/have an actual child in your life, this could be a fun book to go through together.


  1. Oh! So dogs in people clothing--especially Wegman's dogs because they have those kinda creepy eyes--is sort of a freaky thing to me--gives me the willies. It's funny because I used to work in the art world and you know, William Wegman is a big deal. My co-workers used to tease me that we were going to get a Wegman exhibit. I'd have nightmares for weeks...:)

    But ok--the cover of this is kinda cute...

    1. Haha...thanks for sharing. I like getting your artistic insight on this style. It's not my favorite and I wish I had smarter things to say about it other than "I liked this."

  2. Adorable! I have looked at some of the author's other books and they are so cute. I have a feeling I would have loved this book when I was a kid.

    1. I bet kids will love looking at the pretty details and colors-I just feel unqualified to review a children's book since I read so many more YA.


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