Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for Vacation for Dexter by Lindsay Ward which publishes on April 16, 2019. Special thanks to Two Lions Publishing and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
In the latest Dexter T. Rexter book, Dexter joins Jack on vacation to an exotic place called FLOR-I-DA. In the first few page spreads, Ward’s illustrations clearly shows both Jack and Dexter’s excitement for their trip as they sing together.
But when Dexter finds out their mode of transportation is a plane, his anxiety begins to emerge and it’s difficult for him to remain cool and confident. Just as in other books, Dexter speaks directly to the reader sharing his symptoms such as stiff spikes, back pain, and leg cramps which is sure to make children laugh out loud.
One look at Jack’s anxious face makes Dexter stop worrying about himself, for he realizes his best buddy needs his support. Using the dangling headphone cord, Dexter shimmies up into Jack’s lap reminding him that he and Jack can be brave together singing as the plane lifts off into the sky. And once you have a movie to watch, a comfy blanket and cookies to eat, flying isn’t nearly as scary.
I have enjoyed all the Dexter books, but I really loved Vacation for Dexter because it tenderly shows the genuine love that Dexter has for Jack. While Dexter is drawn large when he is addressing readers, he is always drawn small when he is with Jack, which conveys how a little stuffed animal can provide so much comfort to a child.
Check out the fun coloring sheet here!
If If you haven’t read any of the previous Dexter books or want your own copies, this giveaway is for you! One lucky winner will receive a set of all three books–Don’t Forget Dexter! , It’s Show and Tell, Dexter!, and Vacation for Dexter! courtesy of Two Lions (U.S. addresses).