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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Ulysses the Befuddled Basset is a picture book for children written by Emma M. Glover and illustrated by K.C. Snider. Ulysses really wanted to discover who he was and what his sound would be like. Wise Owl told him to go out and look for that special basset sound, and Ulysses did just that. His first stop was by an almond tree in full bloom. Almost every branch on the tree had a songbird perched upon it, and they were all singing harmoniously. Ulysses opened his mouth and sang along, but his robust basset sound actually knocked all those song birds out of their tree. Ulysses couldn’t sing like a bird, no matter how hard he tried. He then tried to join the chorus of bullfrogs in a nearby pond with equally disastrous results. Ulysses ended up in the water, and the bullfrogs were far away. Then Ulysses got kicked in the nose by an angry cricket for trying to join their band! Would Ulysses ever find his own basset sound?
Emma M. Glover’s picture book for children, Ulysses the Befuddled Basset, is an enchanting story about a basset hound who wants to find his own special song. Glover’s tale is a marvelous fable that teaches kids to learn about and appreciate their own unique gifts. As Ulysses finds out, it’s hard to be a songbird when you’re not one, but when he finds his own voice, he is incredible. I was especially taken by K.C. Snider’s illustrations. Her artwork is superb, and her renderings of Ulysses are anatomically correct and capture the humor and dignity of this breed. Her opening picture of the almond tree complete with songbirds is lovely. Each drawing works perfectly with the story and gives the reader so many images to appreciate and enjoy. Ulysses the Befuddled Basset is a marvelous selection for story time, and the carefully selected vocabulary also makes it a good choice for new readers to work with. It’s most highly recommended.