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:
It’s been well over 2 weeks since I’ve posted on my blog.
It’s amazing how life can become overwhelming sometimes, and how even something like this blog, which is a positive creative outlet in my life, can take a backseat to things like sleep.
Or collapsing into an unconscious state at my kids’ bedtime.
Point is: I’ve been neglecting you.
As penance, I shall now post a funny cat video in honor of the Internet Spirits.
This one makes me laugh every time. :)
My girls and I love Frank Asch.
His books are magical. Entertaining but subtly profound: teaching life lessons and practical thinking in a way that children enjoy.
And I enjoy reading them.
Anyway, this particular book takes place at night, so the illustrations are a little dark (although that may just be because I’m reading an ancient copy). The pictures are beautiful but a little hard to make out in the video, thus Moongame is one that I certainly recommend following along with a copy of your own. Although (like all the others I’ve read) it’s still a great story to share with your kids – even if you don’t have the book yet.
But if you’d like the book, you can find it here.
WARNING! I am about to share with you a video of something very, very dangerous:
A Magic Chocolate Lava Cake.
I actually found this video by way of some gifs that reached into my chest and stole my breath straight from my lungs. Some people would call this a gasp, but it’s really more of a gasm.
An ooey, gooey, luscious, shivering foodgasm, that is.
You can watch the the chocolate miracle being made right before your eyes:
And you can find the recipe at How To Cook That.
I now have the desire to throw a party for the sole purpose of serving this dessert.