The Dog Who Loved Red by Anitha Balachandran is one of my favorite Kane Miller picture books.
The illustrations are a bright and fun celebration of color.
The dog’s name is Raja and Raja loves red. He even has “red radar.” He chews on Mrs. Lal’s red shawl and Mr. Lal’s gray and red socks, but Raja’s favorite red thing to chew is the old red ball that he and his friend Champ play with.
But the red ball is lost. Champ is sad.
Then Raja uses his red radar to locate their red ball in the neighbor’s backyard. The neighbor, Mr. Mehta, doesn’t like dogs. But Raja braves Mr. Mehta and his blue hose to retrieve the ball.
He’s quite the colorful mess at the end, which results in a bath for him and lots of laughs from your audience.
Kids love the adventurous story and there are a ton of colors mentioned for your Little Ones to find.
In the video below, you can watch me reading the book:
I’m sorry to announce that The Dog Who Loved Red is no longer available to purchase new from Usborne Books & More/Kane Miller, and but you can find many other wonderful picture books at my Usborne site, Books With Rosie.
HOWEVER, you can still buy The Dog Who Loved Red as a used book on Amazon.
You can also watch other videos of me reading story books in my Roaming Rosie Reads posts.
A few more picture books that I love: