Barner, Bob. I Have a Garden. New York: Holiday House, 2013.
Told from the perspective of a dog, the dog is telling the reader everything that can be found in a garden...besides flowers. The dog finds a variety of small animals and bugs.
Barner's writing style is very simple in this book. One page says, "I have a bug in my garden." While another page says, "I have a bee."
Barner's illustrations are very big, bright, and colorful. The artwork is consistent from page to page. The artwork was made with paper collage, gouache, pastel, and pencil.
I would recommend this book for any beginning reader, the illustrations match the text perfectly. The bugs and animals in this book are very cute. The text shouldn't be intimidating to a beginning or struggling reader because there are only about five words for every few pages, and the pictures match the text.
Reviewer: Alycia Robinson