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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A mildly entertaining tale of a basset hound named Fred and his blue-ribbon-obsessed owner, Harvey. Readers are swept away to the Bonesport dog show, which features competitions of every sort, e.g., black dogs, still dogs, active dogs. The man enters his pet in all applicable events–with no success–but pins his hopes on the costume contest, for which they are awarded honorable mention. Dejected and defeated, he is about to leave when Fred drags him to the final competition, "Dogs Who Look Like Their Owners," and they take a blue ribbon at last. The colorful and quirky acrylic illustrations set the pace as they vary from full spreads to small vignettes interspersed between paragraphs. Some odd details–the baseball paintings on Harvey's wall, the wagging "lion's tail" on his costume, etc., may intrigue some readers but baffle others. The story reads well aloud, employing carefully measured rhyme, repetition, and dialogue. But while events move steadily forward, suspense is minimal and the conclusion is less than obvious–Harvey in his lion costume and basset hound, Fred, hardly look alike. Fred Gwynne's Easy to See Why (S & S, 1993) is a more easily grasped treatment of the same notion and has more child appeal.–Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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"Winthrop weaves a gentle tale about appreciating one's uniqueness and spices it with an air of dry wit. Ulriksen, in his picture book debut, matches the mood with droll, kickily colored acrylic paintings of man and his best friend. The human portraits pale next to the canine cast, but Fred's wry expressions, relayed via sleepy eyes, low-hanging ears and expressive mouth could well take Best in Show."--Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805071113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805071115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,214,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ELIZABETH WINTHROP (, the author of over sixty works of fiction for all ages, was born in Washington, D.C. Her award-winning titles for children include The Castle in the Attic, Counting on Grace, The Red-Hot Rattoons and Dumpy La Rue. Her short story, The Golden Darters, was a selected by BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES by Robert Stone. Under the name Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop, she is the author of the memoir piece, Don't Knock Unless You're Bleeding; Growing Up in Cold War Washington. She is currently working on a personal history about her parents' love affair during World War II. The daughter of Stewart Alsop, the political journalist, she divides her time between New York City and the Berkshires.

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Got a dog-crazy kid who never stops asking when they can bring a furry friend home? Then get this book--it provides enough laughs to tide them over.

When the town of Bonesport puts on a dog show, Harvey is so excited, he registers his dog Fred for nearly every silly event (much to Fred's chagrin). Ulriksen draws Fred with the perfect, droopy, bored expression to match how underwhelmed he is by the whole spectacle. And Winthrop's tale takes on the dog's point of view when she shows how much Fred just wants to please Harvey.

When Harvey and Fred lose every event in which they entered (even Fred's ears aren't the droopiest), it's Fred who drags forlorn Harvey to the final event--and to victory!

Kids always enjoy repetitive elements in tales, and the judges whispering give us a chance to whisper our scores as well. Ulriksen also gets into the repeat game--try to spot the man carrying his too-big dog under his arm like a newspaper! The final look-alike event is hilarious, and I'm sure it will prompt you and your child to name all the dog owners you know who resemble their pets. And vice-versa.

This is a funny tale for dog-lovers and the story is as entertaining as the bright illustrations.
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As a life long dog lover and a fan of illustrations Mark Ulriksen has done for publications like the New Yorker and Bark - when I found out he had illustrated his first children's book (which is in fact a book for any age dog lover) I was all over it for the illustrations alone. I was THRILLED when the book arrived and found that not only are the illustrations amazing - but, Elizabeth Winthrop has written a heart warming story to keep you smiling from page to page. In short - you'll love this book at any age. Enjoy!
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Being a pug owner & seeing the cover I had to buy this book.
My 18m old does like the story though it can be a tad wordy for her still but lately she's handled the entire story.
She loves pointing out the dogs & looking at images.
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