The publisher description says Two Dogs by Ian Falconer is for fans of Bark, George and A Ball for Daisy! And while I am not sure exactly if that is true, it is for someone who loves dogs and dachshunds in particular. Since our two main (only real on screen characters) are two dachshunds named Perry (the adventurous one who barks before he looks) and Augie (the more likely to sniff than be unsure).
Stuck inside (as the humans have had to go off to school, work, doing whatever it is humans do), the brothers want out. And now. Perry has an idea. And when that does not work (no surprise to Augie) they hatch a new plan to escape. And escape they do. After digging, watering the plants, swimming in the pool, and doing what doggies do, the two are caught red (or muddy) pawed. What will they do?
The creator of the Olivia the pig series, these two pups are either naughty boys, or mommy’s sweethearts. I will leave that up to you reader. The humor is subjective, therefore, making Two Dogs an acquired taste.
The illustrations are a bit more “something for everyone” and regardless of if you love or dislike the story, they are fun. There are some goofy images (the dogs are given the bodies of a bust, but heads are normal to show how they are thought of by their family), there are some cute ones, and some well, you know how a dog looks when it “waters plants?” Well, if you don’t, you do now. They are busy, uniquely colored, and mostly different from his previous character, Olivia the pig.
And even though I am not a huge fan, I do see this book being popular enough to spin off a series.