Somnolent Superhero: Chick 'n' Pug by Jennifer Sattler
CHICK HAD READ THE ADVENTURES OF WONDERPUG!
EVERY PAGE WAS FILLED WITH EXCITEMENT.
BUT THERE WAS NO EXCITEMENT IN THE CHICKEN COOP.
All the setting hens do is snooze on their nests. But inside Chick's tiny chest beats the heart of an adventurer, so without a backward look she sets forth into the wide world to find the excitement her little heart craves.
And what does Chick see but the very object of her hero worship. Can it be? It is a pug, wearing a striped dog sweater and a kerchief collar. It must be Wonderpug!
"WOW!" EVEN ASLEEP HE LOOKS WONDERFUL!"
But this pug is no wonder, unless you wonder how he can stay asleep through Chick's rapturous adulation. Even under her prodding he merely rolls over, scratches an itch, and falls back asleep. But nothing shakes Chick's belief that she has found her idol--one who can do no wrong. Even his persistent somnolence is proof of his superhero qualities:
HE MUST BE SAVING UP HIS ENERGY FOR HIS NEXT ADVENTURE!
And then there are footsteps coming nearer. An intruder? Will Wonderpug arise and vanquish the threat?
"OH, MR. SNUGGLES. YOU PLAY WITH PUGGLY WUGGLY!"
A woman drops a fat, sleepy cat, wearing a matching kerchief, down next to Wonderpug with a plop. Still the sleeping superhero doesn't stir. What's a fan to do in the face of such a fearful menace? Chick bravely steps into the breach with a loud "WOOF!"
Mr. Snuggles skedaddles presto.
"HMMF! MR. SNUGGLES DIDN'T COUNT ON WONDERPUG HAVING A SIDEKICK, DID HE?"
Jennifer Sattler's new Chick 'n' Pug (Bloomsbury, 2010) depends on her slyly humorous illustrations to put over her tale of a chick who pours all the power of her projected dreams upon the resolutely sleeping pug before her. Excitement is in the eye of the beholder here!