Sunday, February 19, 2017

Little Kids and Their Big Dogs, by Andy Seliverstoff

Andy Seliverstoff is well known as a dog show photographer in Russia and throughout Europe.  But once he started taking pictures of little kids and their big dogs he saw the "endless joy and mutual confidence between the children and the animals."  His first collection of these pictures, Little Kids and Their Big Dogs conveys this message loud and clear: "Love for dogs and children make people kinder."  Just try looking at these pictures and not break out in a big grin.

The first thing you notice about this book is how huge these dogs are!  I rarely see dogs this big.  (Of course, I don't spend my time at dog shows like Mr. Seliverstoff does.)  And the kids are so cute and little.  The contrast between the two, as you would guess from the title, is striking.  But on a deeper level is the way Seliverstoff has captured the relationship between the kids and the dogs.  It's evident each enjoys and adores the other.

I will resist the temptation to run out and find a giant dog to bring home.  I'm sorry, but as wonderful as they look in the picture I know they will eat copious amounts of dog food and leave enormous deposits on my lawn.  Hopefully these cute kids are also learning to care for and clean up after their large friends.

Dog lovers and kid lovers will enjoy every page of this beautifully photographed book.

Dogs playing in the snow is one of Seliverstoff's favorite themes.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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