One of the things we love best about our animal companions is their playfulness. In this exuberant picture book for children 3 through 7, writer and illustrator Mary Newell DePalma begins with a boy playing fetch with his energetic dog. The game turns into a chase, then an encounter with various animals, and finally a hug and cuddle as boy and dog are reunited.

The author delights us with her frolicsome use of rhyming words which convey the snap, crackle, and pop of this animal adventure.