Spike Ugliest Dog in the Universe by Debra Frasier is the fourth book I am sharing and considering for the Teacher's Choice project with IRA. This book could be used to discuss animal shelters and rescue dogs. The illustrations for this text are interesting to look at and created using collage and fabric, two of my favorite techniques. The background for almost all the pages is a denim pair of jeans. Debra Frasier gathered 129 pairs of worn jeans to find the shading of blue she wanted to use for each page.
Spike just won an award for being the Ugliest Dog in the Universe and isn't so happy to have this title. What dog would be happy? His owner abandons him for love and adventure. Spike gets lucky when the neighbor boy, Joe notices he has been abandon and takes him into his home. Joe would love to keep Spike but his mother says they can't afford him right now and he needs to go to the animal shelter. Spike worries greatly about the animal shelter, he thinks those words mean Dog Pound and he needs help to avoid the Dog Pound. The beautiful cat next door teaches him what to do to win Joe's heart and more importantly the heart of Joe's mother. You have to see the fabric chosen for this beautiful cat. In the meantime, Joe becomes a neighborhood hero all on his own and this random act of kindness saves him.