Maddie the dog on a swing

Photo: Theron Humphrey

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"All I want is a push. Just one push...please?"
Most of us love a coonhound. But all of us love a coonhound on a baby swing and a world where canine-centric whimsy rules, which is in Maddie on Things, as the eponymous dog perches on tires and dons oversized galoshes. Might we suggest a sequel? Maddie, Jr. on Maddie.

Maddie on Things by Theron Humphrey (Chronicle Books).