Going Out with Tucker and Scout – a picture book

Going Out with Tucker and Scout is about an everyday activity – taking the dogs for a walk.  Readers will hear about the different places the child and dogs want Mum to take them and the things that happen when they get there.  It sounds like a very pleasant day out, but some of the pictures tell a rather different story.

 

Spread 1       We’re off for a walk with Tucker and Scout.

Where shall we go first?  Let’s find out.

Spread 2       There’s a climbing frame that’s built like a shark

So, please Mum, can we go to the park?

Spread 3       I’m playing on the swings and slide, Tucker’s in the sand.

Mum is feeding ducks and geese; Scout lends a helping hand.

Spread 4      We’re out for a walk with Tucker and Scout.

Where shall we go next?  Let’s find out.

Spread 5      Scout likes to race and chase Tucker around.

Please can you take us to the sports ground?

Spread 6      Scout is playing with a ball; I’m running round the track.

Mum is on the muddy field and Tucker’s found a snack.

Spread 7       We’re out for a walk with Tucker and Scout.

Where shall we go next?  Let’s find out.

Spread 8       Tucker has promised to try to be good

So, please Mum, can we go to the wood?

Spread 9       I am playing hide and seek, Tucker’s found a tree.

Scout is talking to a bird and my Mum can’t find me.

Spread 10     We’re out for a walk with Tucker and Scout.

Where shall we go next?  Let’s find out.

Spread 11     I’ve picked up loads of stuff today, Scout found a garden gnome.

Mum and Tucker both have sticks; they’re taking them back home.

Spread 12     The dogs have cleaned their muddy paws; I’ve put away our shoes.

I think we’ll have a bite to eat while my Mum has a snooze.

Spread 13     I’m bored now, so are Tucker and Scout.

What shall we do next?  Let’s go out!

 

Illustration Note:       I envisage idyllic pictures of the places they are going to visit on spreads 2, 5 and 8.  The spreads following would show scenes of chaos in marked contrast to the previous picture and the text.  For example, in Spread 6:  People with tennis rackets chasing Scout; child going the wrong way round track, other runners falling over; Mum picking up heap of dog poo; Tucker taking rubbish from the bins.  Everyone starts the story looking neat and tidy, but get messier (and Mum more stressed) over every spread.