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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

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  • File Size: 1290 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6F5U
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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NotMyRealName on November 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 8 people found the following review helpful By Ramon F. Sola on September 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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