In general, I'm a big fan of Maira Kalman. I love her whimsical art, her observations, her gentle writing. So when I saw she had a book about dogs, I didn't need to think twice.
Unfortunately, this is a mixed bag. I didn't understand that this is a compendium with quite a few previously published items in it. So: a hodgepodge, rather than a thematically curated collection. Yes, dogs are a theme. However, this book is all over the place. It starts with the touching story of how Kalman first came to be a dog owner, then switches gears into some kind of terribly silly child's book, then a kind of "greatest hits."
Not that there isn't fun to be had:
But overall, this is uneven, and not my favorite of her works. After the moving opening, I would have liked a lot more about her, her family, and her dog. Alas.