In the opening pages of Henry Cole’s wordless picture book **“Spot and Dot”** (Simon and Schuster, ages 3-8) a girl carries a stack of “lost dog” fliers as her neighbor and his black-spotted cat come out onto the sidewalk of their city street. Spot, the cat from Cole’s earlier book about feline adventures, is a bit of a detective, finding Dot and an overturned trash can nearby. Spot follows Dot, and the reader gets to go along, too.The action zips through the busy streets, and as it does, you’ll find yourself laughing out loud and searching the illustrations carefully to make sure our heroes — Spot the cat, Dot the dog, and the boy and girl who care about them — are all just fine. On every page, life goes on, with dogs in abundance and one dogged cat. A variety of people stroll past streetcars, browse antiques in an open-air market, walk their dogs in a park where musicians prepare to play and visit a friendly neighborhood library. After the book is closed, the lively story lingers, sparking the imagination in readers and non-readers alike, who can create their own narrative for this charming, immersive, superbly detailed saga.
— Kathie Meizner