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A Dog's Life [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Sherman , Donald Wu
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From morning till night, a dog’s life is very busy. He wakes people up. He welcomes visitors. He washes dishes. He keeps humans warm. Without a dog around, how would a family get through the day? This wonderfully endearing text by debut author Caroline Sherman is matched with adorable digital artwork by Donald Wu.

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From School Library Journal

This sweet, mischievous tale features a big, goofy mutt with no name. He skillfully narrates the story of his daily life and how helpful he is to his family. He declares, “I wash dishes. Slurp! Slurp!” The accompanying illustration shows the pup licking food off someone’s plate from the kitchen table. In another declaration he says, “I guard the house and chase away invaders. Grrr! Growl!” It is clear from the picture that the “invader” is the mailman, letters flying out of his bag. On one of the most humorous spreads, the dog says, “I inspect the trash for anything I can recycle. Munch! Munch!” Of course, he is caught in the garbage with his mouth full of food. Full-page digital bleeds are bright and vivid. Readers never see the faces of the people, placing the total focus on the canine who steals the show with his engaging expressions. At the end, his big puppy-dog eyes look directly at readers as he reclines on his human’s lap: “’I keep the humans warm, since they don’t have any fur. ZZZZ....” Pair this with Daniel Pinkwater’s I Am the Dog (HarperCollins, 2010) for an animated storytime, or in a one-on-one setting.– Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY, February 2013

Product Details

  • File Size: 1290 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6F5U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: A Dog's Life (Hardcover)

This book put a smile of my face on the first page and the smile stayed there until the last. I handed this one to my wife and she had the same reaction. Now we are dog people, I grant you that, and dogs have been a part of our lives for over 60 years now. As a matter of fact we find it difficult to imagine life without at least one of them. (We currently have three).

Anyway, the author and artist of this work know their dogs. The tale is told via the dog and he tells us that dogs do not have it all that easy...their days, and often time's nights, are filled with work, work and more work. The dog shows us how he sweeps the floors, cleans up the yard, guards against "invaders," acts as an alarm clock in the morning, fetches balls for humans, helps do the dishes after every meal, recycles trash from the trash can and generally keeps his human family going.

Of course as our big sloppy harry dog is telling us these amazing facts, the artist, Donald Wu tells us what is "really" going on through his use of some wonderful illustrations. One of the strongest aspects of Wu's paintings are the facial expressions on the dog as he accomplishes his chores. Each expression is different and each fits the circumstances perfectly. For those of you who feel that dogs do not have facial expressions that show their moods, etc., they those folks have never had a Boston Terrier around the house or a big old lovable mutt.

I have already tested this book out with a group of kids (15 of the wee ones) and got a two thumbs up from all of them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "CHARMING, DELIGHTFUL, HILARIOUS!" October 28, 2012
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Caroline Sherman delivers an extremely funny tale in "A DOG'S LIFE" through the eyes of a precious dog, and what the dog is thinking and communicating in his own little world on an everyday basis. I fell in love with this children's book immediately for the sole reason that I cherish dogs, and have rescued them from animal shelters most of my life. Most important, this entertaining book will fascinate the curious minds of young children, thus encouraging them to read. Donald Wu illustrates with amazing colorful photos throughout the intriguing story, and each page is fun-filled with humor, sure to make any curious child laugh. I read this amazing book out loud to a four year old, and he loved it, asking me to read it again. Also, he found the illustrations to be extremely funny. The dog is adorable, and makes you laugh, while he demonstrates how useful he is, and how hard he works and how helpful he is to his owner. In addition, many dogs have actually licked the dishes, played with a garden hose, chased after the mailman and cuddled with his Master to keep him warm. The only difference is, this dog tells us why he does these chores everyday, but in a very funny way. The illustrations are stunning as they communicate to the reader,and the story is delightful and enjoyable as it aims to please. Highly Recommended to young children, teachers, parents, and dog lovers!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dog's Life review September 26, 2012
A Dog's Life is a gripping tale of a dog's service to his family. Some may say that a dog's life is merely fun and games, but anyone who's ever owned a dog would know what dedication a dog shows by everything he does.

The author has clearly spent hours carefully scrutinizing the goings-on of her dog's daily routine, revealing a story written in a fun and thoughtful way. The artist has created an absolutely delightful set of pictures that left me 'oohing' and 'ahhing' while reading, scouring the page for the little details that makes up a dog's every day life. The writing and artwork combined leaves me squealing in delight.

It is sure to make a young child's day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book with which to raise questions with children November 27, 2012
This is an ingenious and witty book, that can be used to raise profound questions.
It consists of a series of "events," comprised of an illustration and the dog's account of the event (waking people up, responding to the ring of the doorbell, running with a ball in its mouth, etc.) The overt message of the text is that the dog has an active life, performing a series of useful tasks.
But when you compare the illustration and the text, you see in each case that the dog's interpretation of his actions is very different from the way those actions appear to humans.
The story can be read with very young children, who will appreciate the illustrations and take the dog's account at face value. As the children get a bit older, one can use the book to explore the gap between the dog's conception of events and our own. The book thus raises the issue of how different people (or creatures) view the world through different lenses.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Howl of a Book September 28, 2012
Gabby watches me endlessly picking up acorns in the yard and often tries to help. She finds a big, fat acorn, chews it up, and brings it inside for me to find. What a girl!

Caroline Sherman's "A Dog's Life" is filled with endearing moments like this, starring a bigger than life, slobbering, licking, fur-covered love dynamo. Children will enjoy the Kodak-moment illustrations and the funny first "person" dog narrative.

This is a book that can be read many times and enjoyed again and again as the reader sees the dog's point of view. It's a big book with larger than life illustrations, making it a perfect read aloud, sit on my lap kind of book. Ostensibly a children's book, you'll find that this is an uncommon treasure you'll want to share with kids and adults alike.

Have a dog in your family? Get this book. You'll love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Little guy approved
My little guy liked this story. I loaded his kindle up with kid-friendly stories and this was one that he picked. He likes it.
Published 1 month ago by NLA
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cute story.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Lombardi
5.0 out of 5 stars (A Kid's Review from my 11 y.o.) Clever!
(My daughter read this to her baby sister and posted this review:)

This book is very clever! I enjoyed this book and read it over and over! A great read and Author.
Published 2 months ago by Lily C. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
I rated this 5 stars because I liked the perspective of the dog and it speaks of what people would call bad behavior but the dog thinks it is their job
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars reading to Gammy's kids
This book was cute, I wish it had been longer. My young grand kids liked me reading it to them.
Published 3 months ago by Jo Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
Very nice. Wish it had text to speech though. The story catches a lot of things my dogs do..... Worth $2. I spent.
Published 3 months ago by Teresa Vanderpol
5.0 out of 5 stars The story is a simple concept--the dog "helps" his family in various...
Charming illustrations. The story is a simple concept--the dog "helps" his family in various ways--that nevertheless introduces irony to children in a playful way adults... Read more
Published 3 months ago by a reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very cute story as told by the dog!
Published 3 months ago by K. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
My 5 yr old was roaring with laughter. The illustrations were eye-catching. I especially loved the dog on the boy's lap.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Adults love this one too!
I love coming up with little ways to make my 88 year old Mom and over-worked sister laugh. What could possibly be better then a dog who knows without a doubt that he's vital this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan Jane
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More About the Author

Caroline Sherman lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, her children, and her dog Tully, who does his best to help out around the house by picking things up off the floor, washing the children's hands, and, very rarely, spot cleaning the carpet.

She also teaches history at the Catholic University of America.

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