Review: “Bow-Wow-Meow”

Posted on June 6, 2017


Written by Bianca Lacasa
Illustrated by Gómez
May 2017
40 pages

Fabio is a beagle with a major identity issue. He doesn’t do normal dog stuff like wag his tail, or play fetch, or even bark. When his boy Max shouts “Bow-wow,” he just looks puzzled. To Max’s complete surprise he discovers that Fabio disappears “as if by magic” every night. He finds Max playing with a bunch of street cats and doing cat stuff like sharpening his claws, chasing mice, and climbing trees. He even purrs. Clearly Fabio is happier living his cat life. But can Max find a way to share his life with a dog that would rather be a cat? Lacasa cleverly uses a comical situation to introduce gender identity issues to young readers. Gómez’s simple cartoon illustrations parody the variety of animal expressions and antics with playfulness. Bow-Wow-Meow is a whimsical story about love and acceptance.

Copyright (c) 2017 by Peggy Tibbetts

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