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Art Dog Hardcover – January 6, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060244240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060244248
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Arthur Dog, guard at Dogopolis Museum of Art and ardent fan of Leonardo Dog Vinci, leads a quiet life--except when the moon is full. On those nights something happens to Arthur. His eyes grow bright and his fur seems to glisten... and soon he is hatted and masked and out on the streets painting secret masterpieces. No one knows who the mysterious Art Dog is, until the night when Brrringggg! the museum alarm goes off, and Arthur finds himself in the middle of a Mona Woofa heist. Can Arthur extricate himself from this terrible predicament and point the paw at the true criminals? Thacher Hurd's wacky story and fabulously splashy illustrations, with witty nods to many famous artists, would dazzle any young reader. Budding art aficionados, especially, will be thrilled to recognize the works of Pablo Poodle, Henri Muttisse, and Vincent Van Dog, among others. A delightful book! (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Talk about a dog marking its territory-by day Arthur Dog is a mild-mannered hound who guards the Dogopolis art museum, but when the moon is full, he becomes Art Dog. Donning beret and mask, he takes paints and brushes and fills the back alleys of the city with his murals. Art Dog remains undiscovered until he's framed for the theft of Leonardo Dog Vinci's Mona Woofa. He's thrown in the clink, but escapes with the help of his superpowered medium ("where there were bars, he painted a window"), nabs the real crooks and gets his own gallery exhibit as a reward. Hurd's (Mama Don't Allow; Mystery on the Docks) straight-from-the-tube palette and blurry brush strokes suggest a painter in speedy action; his art-humor-canine portraits based on canvases by Vermeer, Seurat, Picasso and others line the museum walls-is good-natured. His plot, meanwhile, gleefully invokes comic-book conventions: Art Dog drives a streamlined Brushmobile, stops off at the Wile E. Coyote-esque Acme Paint Co. and battles the baddies in a dynamic spread highly suggestive of TV's goofy Batman (enhanced with cutout shapes a la Matisse). A waggish good time. Ages 4-8.
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Our three year old just loves this book.
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He loves looking at the bright pictures and the story is fun to tell (which I'm sure helps with his enjoyment).
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It's really a beautiful book visually and meaningfully.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on June 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
By day, Arthur Dog, Dogopolis Museum of Art security guard, and lover of paintings by Vincent Van Dog, Pablo Poodle, Henri Muttisse, and Leonardo Dog Vinci. By night, Art Dog, masked grafitti artist painting the city in beautiful color. "No one knew who Art Dog really was... until one night at the museum." Yikes! Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa! After being falsely accused, Art Dog paints his way out of jail, lifts his nose in the air..."I can smell art a mile away," and saves the day in superhero fashion..... Thacher Hurd has authored an entertaining, wacky picture book that's sure to tickle the funny bones of young and old alike. His delightful, high-spirited text begs to be read aloud, and is full of terrific sound effects, wordplay, and dog puns. But it's his bold, bright, and splashy illustrations that really make this book stand out and sparkle. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, Art Dog is a funny, engaging, rip-roarin' adventure you don't want to miss. "Who was Art Dog? Who was this painter in a Brushmobile, catcher of crooks, bringer of light to the Dogopolis night?" Only readers will know!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Maldre on November 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Art Dog" is a wigglin' fun story book about Arthur Dog, the security guard at Dogopolis Museum of Art. He lives a secret life as a graffitti artist who finds himself being blamed for the stolen "Mona Woofa". However, he is able to paint his way out of...well, I can't give away the story here! (This detective dog sure is smarter than Scoobi Doo!)
The story is very short, quick, and barkingly fun. Not only will kids love it, but adults will love the depictions of Vicent Van Dog, Pablo Poodle, Henri Muttisse and others. It is dog-gone worth the few bucks for this book. This sure is a good book to sniff out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Walker-Smith on September 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've read this to my six-year-old since he was a five-year-old - he doesn't get tired of it, and mercifully, neither do I. The idea of a hero who uses _painting_ instead of punches to win the day is so cool it makes me wish I'd written it.
Also, I take my son to the children's floor at Berkeley Main Library, where they have a kid's size version of the Brushmobile (you'll have to read the book to know what that it) that he's loved to 'ride in' even before we'd found the book. The day he no longer fits behind the palette, I think we'll both cry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nadine Holt on November 27, 2012
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The illustrations are so brilliant that I can explain the real masterpieces to my grandson. Bought this book 3 or 4 years ago, and my grandson, who is now almost 9 still likes me to read it to him (yes, he can read, but why bother when grandma is around). I am saving it for the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
the colorful pictures in this book have held my 18 month old in rapt attention from christmas to the present with no signs of boredom yet. the word play with artists' names is entertaining for parents. a great book to give or receive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
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My son who is 2 and half years old loves this book. In fact, he wants us to read him this book over and over again. What a great and humourous way to introduce the very young to the world of art!
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By classact on June 10, 2014
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My granddaughter loves this book and I've read it to her many times in a row. We saw the play and that was fun, too. The humor is multi-layered, appealing to me as well as to her. I showed her the actual paintings that were spoofed (dog-ified) in the book and she loved the humor of the dog art. The result is that she has learned quite a bit about art and we recently held a show of her work in my house that we called "Art Girl."
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By Happy on November 28, 2013
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I am a volunteer reader reading to students elementary school students, K - 5. Art Dog has been part of my classroom repertoire for over 6 years. The kids love this book. The storyline, the villains, and the hero...the suspense, the drama, and the fun. The beautiful colors & illustrations they all make for a great experience. Then there's the art and references to great artist like Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and Renoir, this books continues to give. I love it, I love reading it and the kids request this book over and over again. I am buying another copy for a relative who is in her first year as a Kindergarten teacher.
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