Picture Perfect Saturday REVIEW: Walking Your Human by Liz Ledden & Gabriella Petruso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published: 1st February 2021

Publisher: Larrkin House, an Imprint of Learning Discovery PTY LTD

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback picture book (borrowed from the library)

RRP: $24.99

5/5 Stars

Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? It turns out they know just what humans want –

to be walked! And once they’re on their way, these dogs will share exactly how to do it.

Walking Your Human is a light-hearted look at the very different ideas dogs and humans have about what makes for a good walk.

Readers and their dogs will howl with laughter at this hilarious story with colourful illustrations and memorable characters.

As soon as I saw the cover, I knew I was in for a fun and wild ride with this picture book, and Liz Ledden and Gabriella Petruso did not let me down. Walking Your Human is the kind of book you keep returning to time and time again because it’s so much fun; I actually laughed out aloud with this one.

Walking Your Human does exactly what you think the story will do, it inverts the roles of who is boss and who is walking who, making the book hilarious in tone, illustrations and concept.

Ledden has used simple, clear to understand text making this the perfect book for readers aged three and up. The tone is conversational, in a laid back instructional way as though a friend or confide was giving you hints and reminders on the best way to go about a particular task. And yet, it’s also humorous, with the dogs telling the story of how you must “surprise” your human, motivate them, hydrate and make sure they know when “enough is enough” and it’s time to go home.

The text itself is written in a handwritten font giving it a personal feel, and when combined with the clever arrangement of no more than one sentence per page (that is very rarely placed in the same spot) this book will keep you on your toes (in the best imaginable way) just like the dogs pictured in the book.

Petruso’s illustrations are adorable and combine perfectly with Ledden’s text. Featuring dozens of adorable and different breeds of dogs, Walking Your Human makes sure that the readers attention is captured early on and kept for the duration of the book. Hell, as soon as you finish this one, you are going to want to flip the book over and start it all over again.

Using a variety of colours, tones and seasonal images in both backgrounds, dog breeds and humans, Petruso’s illustrations are vibrant art pieces that capture the  balance between the beauty, bittersweet and pure frustration of owning a pet (or a human) in every day encounters. With humans and dogs ranging in ages, sizes, breeds, seasons (background images) and continents, Petruso has made sure this book is accessible to readers of all ages from all around the world.

I highly recommend this picture book for dog lovers, people looking for a good laugh or anyone trying to show their kid all the work that comes with owning a pet (it’s educational guys!). This book is quirky and oh so brilliant.

 

To purchase a copy of Walking Your Human, visit the following online retailers:

Larrkin House | Amazon AUS | Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Book Depository | Dymocks | Harry Hartog | QBD |

 

To learn more about Liz Ledden, visit the following social media sites:

Liz Ledden’s Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bloglovin | Pinterest | Goodreads |

To learn more about Gabriella Petruso, visit the following social media sties:

Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram |

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