Sieb Posthuma is a Dutch author, illustrator and designer. This particular book has been translated from Dutch to English.
Rusty, his mother and his two friends Henrietta and Toby are going into town on the bus. They get off at the stop near the department store. Rusty’s mother gives clear instructions that they are to all to stay together. The department story is a busy and interesting place. Rusty soon gets distracted and as a result gets lost. The two watchdogs on patrol are on the lookout for stray pups on the loose. Rusty ducks into the ventilation system and as a result a new adventure begins. His mother reports him missing at the Lost Dogs department. Rusty tries to blend in, hiding amongst various items in different departments within the store – at times not very well.
I read this book to my 3 year old granddaughter. Abby laughed at Rusty’s antics, and of course the “whys” came thick and fast. The amount of detail in each one meant we paused and spent a considerable amount of time really looking into each illustration and then discussing how they related to the particular part of the story. This book reminded me a little bit of the Where’s Wally series of books.
The character of Rusty is based on the author’s own dog, Rintje.
This book is one that would appeal to a wide range of ages – from as young as 18 months up to a self-read of over 5 years of age. A really lovely book and one I know the young ones in our family are going to enjoy.
Reviewed by Christine Frayling
Where is Rusty?
by Sieb Posthuma, translated by Bill Nagelkerke
Published by Gecko Press
ISBN 9781927271469, HB 9781927271452