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A Dazzling Display of Dogs Hardcover – January 25, 2011


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Starred Review. Grade 1–5—This follow-up to A Curious Collection of Cats (Tricycle, 2009) is dazzling indeed. Each of the 34 poems features a different animal, most of them engaged in true dog behavior. From farting in the car to wheezing and snoring while sleeping, these pups are funny and lovable even when they're being annoying. The verses and the book's design are beautifully matched. In "Emmett's Ode to His Tennis Ball," the text is enclosed in a circle held firmly in the dog's mouth. It begins, "Slobbery, sloppy, slimy, sphere—oh, tennis ball, I hold you dear…." Like the poems, the pictures are funny and dynamic. The pages are definitely full, yet careful use of color, typeface, and detail means they never look chaotic. A note says the pictures were started in pencil and then finished using monoprints and Adobe Photoshop. Overall, a delight for kids, their adults, and maybe even their beloved canine companions.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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The creators of A Curious Collection of Cats (2009) offer another volume of concrete poems filled with playful action. Elementary students will pick up the wry wordplay, but younger children will have trouble deciphering the words amid the packed, digitally touched artwork. The poems do capture familiar scenes with pets, such as a dog playing with a tennis ball (“sloppery slippery slimy”) and the pitfalls of car trips with a pooch: “The very worst part / without a doubt / is when Cassandra / makes a fart.” Both silly and on-target, the slapstick rhymes are good choices for family sharing. Grades K-3. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781582463438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582463438
  • ASIN: 1582463433
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
"A Dazzling Display of Dogs" is a mixed media art and textual paean to those things --charming and otherwise-- that endear us to dogs.

While it seems that many of the dogs presented in this book are based on specific dogs perhaps known to the author (Betsy Franco) and illusrator (Michael Wertz), the fundamental dog traits they reveal will be familiar to anybody who has bonded with one.

You can read through this quickly the first time, and then wander back at a slower pace to discover intriguing nuance in both the drawing and the writing.

I experienced this book through a library-supplied digital version on a Kindle Fire. But don't cheat yourself. This a volume best enjoyed as a traditional book (for nearly the same price.

Great fun for dog lovers.
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Format: Hardcover
The poems are short, rhyming and full of humor; the illustrations are colorfully bright and engaging. Perfect for use in school for a poetry lesson, or just a captivating book to read. Author Betsy Franco really knows doggie personalities, and Michael Wertz's illustrations will shake up your brain. Don't miss this book if you love dogs!
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By Catherine W. Hughes on March 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Meant for dog-lovers, this collection of thirty-four poems is playful and fun. Clever text and illustrations take a poster board style, with copy written every which way. From Jazzy to Amelia, each dog takes a special place. Children ages 5-8 will adore these poetic pooches.
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