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Dog vs. Cat Hardcover – May 20, 2014

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316238015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316238014
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2—Starting with illustrations on the endpapers, readers know immediately that they are in for a treat with this picture book. On the same day, Mr. Buttons returns home with a "friendly-looking dog," while Mrs. Buttons find the perfect "smart-looking cat." Clearly, these newcomers are not going to get along, and each one sets out to make the other leave ("Dog rubbed some party balloons on the rug and stuck them to cat. Cat popped them with sharp claws, nearly giving Dog a heart attack. Cat filled Dog's water bowl with hairballs. Dog poured the water over Cat's head during naptime."). The exaggerated traits of both animals are wonderful. Small details, such as the dogs at the animal shelter holding signs saying "I'll be your best friend" and "I want to lick you!" are a hilarious contrast to the cats in the pet store window with signs such as, "And you are?" and "I'm kind of a big deal." The colored-pencil illustrations are remarkable, and the animals' dialogue, expressions, and body language are priceless, as is the funny conclusion. A terrific addition to any friendship or pet storytime.—Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI


* "In a story brimming with sight gags, Gall mines a Cat and Dog's odd-couple arrangement for laughs.... their vexed situation will speak equally to young siblings and college freshmen."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Hilarious....the animals' dialogue, expressions, and body language are priceless, as is the funny conclusion. A terrific addition to any friendship or pet storytime."—School Library Journal

"The stylish illustrations and sly wit on display here will please Gall's fans and likely win him new ones."—Kirkus Reviews

"Text and pictures are layered with humor, and heightens the odd-couple drama with every page turn."—The Horn Book

"[Chris Gall's] funniest picture book yet.... This will appeal to older siblings expecting a new baby and to both dog and cat people--in other words, to everyone."—Shelf Awareness

More About the Author

Chris Gall has been drawing pictures and writing stories for as long as he can remember. When he was caught drawing pictures on his desk in second grade, his teacher made him clean all the desks in the classroom. She suggested that he might be an artist someday. He won a Read Magazine Young Writer's Award in 7th grade, and that inspired him to write stories to go with his art. His artwork has been seen in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. His first book, "America the Beautiful", was a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2004. "There's Nothing To Do On Mars" was a 2008 Kirkus Best Children's Book, and "Dinotrux" was a 2009 Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Curran on June 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that this book reminded me so much of my childhood and having to share a room with my sister. At times when I read the book I had to laugh because I could relate to the dog and cat's relationships as I related it to my own siblings. Like dividing our bedroom between us becasue we had different tastes, trying to do things that we knew annoyed the other, trying to get each other in trouble; but yet we would stick together as thick as thieves when someone invaded our territory. I think the author did a great job at capturing that sibling relationship, only of course, he used a dog and cat to get the message across. I thank the author for bringing back those laughable memories, or course they weren't so laughable at the time. And kudos to the artist who drew the pictures. They are bright, colorful and fun. Great job to both of you!!

With that personal stuff said, the book is an enjoyable read and funny at times. It is book about a husband, Mr. Buttons, who buys a dog and his wife, Mrs. Buttons, who buys a cat, while neither of them knew the other was going to do so. So now the dog and cat have to share a room. They do get along at first, but thier differences cause problems and they bicker. Soon a baby comes along and they get long long enough to stick together and build a home in the backyard where they start to bicker again. Even though they bicker the author does imply throughout the story that they really do love one another.

Below is an excerpt from the book. Keep in mind that the pictures really do enhance the words and the pictures contain words to make the story more funny. I start the story after the dog and cat meet, they just learned that they have to share a room.
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