Zorro Gets an Outfit

by Carter Goodrich (Author) Carter Goodrich (Illustrator)

Zorro Gets an Outfit

Fashion goes to the dogs in this lovable follow-up to Say Hello to Zorro!

Mister Bud and Zorro get along just great. They wake up together, have walk time together, and take naps together. But something is about to interrupt their schedule: Zorro has to wear a fancy outfit.

Zorro is embarassed, mortified, aghast. Mr. Bud tries to cheer him up, but nothing works. Everyone makes fun of Zorro, and he refuses to participate in chew-on-a-stick time. Mister Bud doesn't know what to do.

But when another dog--a very cool dog--shows up in an outfit and does amazing tricks and beats all the other dogs in a race, Zorro discovers that wearing clothes might not be so bad after all.

Everything is back on schedule.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--The dynamic canine duo from Say Hello to Zorro! (S & S, 2010) takes on a new problem. The day starts off as usual for friends Mr. Bud and Zorro until there's a snag in their routine--their owner gives Zorro a superhero cape and mask outfit. Forced to wear the insulting attire during the walk, a very dismayed pup gets increasingly upset as other dogs make fun of him. Though Mr. Bud attempts to cheer him up, he remains disconsolate. Only the appearance of Dart, a confident dog in a sailor suit, revives Zorro. Upon seeing Dart's amazing tricks, he forgets his misery and happily frolics with the other dogs. The message of this story seems fairly open-ended--are appearances irrelevant as long as one has fun? Is it okay to wear a ridiculous outfit because someone cool is wearing one? Should you accept what life hands you and make the best of it? Readers can draw their own conclusions. The stylized watercolor illustrations, however, are unequivocally hilarious. Goodrich is brilliant at depicting doggy emotions, whether it is the deeply embarrassed Zorro, content Mr. Bud, or suave Dart. As in the first installment, the book is well designed, with ample white space surrounding the all-small-caps font and bright images. Whether shared one-on-one or as part of a dog-themed storytime, this book is sure to please existing fans of Mr. Bud and Zorro and create new admirers of these charming pups.--Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY

Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Publishers Weekly

Mister Bud, a mutt, and Zorro the pug had an antagonistic relationship in Say Hello to Zorro! but now they are amiable companions. It's an ordinary day when something terrible happens: the dogs' owner surprises Zorro with an outfit that makes him look like a cutesy version of Batman. Mortified, Zorro begrudgingly accompanies Mister Bud on a walk, as neighborhood dogs and a cat jeer at his new look. With the help of a third dog, though, Zorro's self-confidence is restored. Goodrich creates spot-on canine caricatures: Zorro's expressions of humiliation and despair are priceless. Ages 4-8. (May)

Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Mark this one 'to read.'"—Kirkus Reviews
Carter Goodrich
Carter Goodrich is an acclaimed illustrator whose work has been appearing for years in magazines like The NewYorker and The Atlantic Monthtly. His animation work includes Brave, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., The Prince of Egypt, and Shrek. His previous picture books include A Creature Was Stirring, The Hermit Crab, and Say Hello to Zorro! He lives in Los Angeles.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date
May 20, 2012
Junior Library Guild Selection
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Library of Congress categories
Clothing and dress
Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014

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