The Existential Dog.

Mr. Doodles Dog

The Hero Takes a Bow. Wow.

Photo illustration by Gimlet Rose. 'Dog' courtesy Jon Klassen and Candlewick Press. Photo illustration by Gimlet Rose. ‘The Dog’ courtesy Jon Klassen and Candlewick Press.

Oh, the humanity. The unbearable lightness of being of it all. As Jack Benny or my Doggie Dad might have said, “Well.”

There it was, another art masterpiece by Jon Klassen, another wonderful literary construction by Mac Barnett: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole. Awards too many to mention, even in this day and age. Not to give anything away, but the plot revolves around two boys digging a hole. In the company of a cat. And a dog. A marvelous character, this dog, who went unnamed even as he was the only one of the trio of two boys and dog who realized what was going on. There’s no telling what the cat thought. We’ll consult Joe the Cat about that some other time.

But that…

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