Rating: 5 stars
Dog lovers take note — “Dogs Rule Nonchalantly” by Mark Ulriksen is a book you don’t want to miss.
Ulriksen is a talented illustrator, best known for his work for The New Yorker with more than 40 magazine covers to his credit. In “Dogs Rule Nonchalantly,” his dog pictures will make even the most curmudgeonly reader smile. They are colorful and stylized — not realistic but filled with emotion and charisma.
And Ulriksen’s commentary is almost as moving and beautiful as the illustrations.
Some of the comments are humorous. “Having a dog around little kids is very practical. You have an auxiliary vacuum cleaner, broom and mop, all in one. No crumb, morsel, or spill goes unattended.”
Some of his comments will hit home for true dog lovers. “While kids eventually grow out of that stage where they rush to greet you every time you walk in the front door, thankfully, dogs never do.” My own dogs rush to greet me crying ecstatically with an outpouring of joy as I walk in the door — my kids never did that.
Ulriksen may get a bit maudlin when commenting on how our dogs’ lives are so much shorter than ours. But when he writes “Everything’s better with a dog,” he’s never written a truer sentence.
And cat lovers? He has two. They appear in some of the paintings.
Get the book for a friend who loves art. Get the book for a friend who loves dogs (or cats). Get the book to read with your kids. It’s a great book and it would be a treasured gift.
Ulriksen got it right. Thank you.
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Goff Books, for review purposes.