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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 210L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068985823X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689858239
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title and the cover picture of a cute dog wistfully staring into a house are clues but not to what you might guess. This is no canine Sudoku; it's a shaggy dog story told in haiku. When a homeless dog shows up at the back door, a family takes him in, feeds and bathes him, and names him Mooch. Mooch laps up all the attention, but will his bouncy doggie antics send him to the pound? Bowers' lively oil paintings are, well, doggone charming. Expressions and body language are on target and animate the short, snappy text. The pet experience is a clever, fun introduction to the poetic form and an engaging lead-in to a class writing exercise. An author's note provides background on haiku. Adorable dog / seeks a family and a home / wagging tail, ace tale. Julie Cummins
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About the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

Tim Bowers began his illustrating career working as an artist for Hallmark Cards. In 1986 he illustrated his first picture book, The Toy Circus by Jan Wahl. Since then, he has illustrated more than twenty books for children. Mr. Bowers lives with his family in Granville, Ohio.

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The story line here is simple.
D. Blankenship
This one combines adorable illustrations, simple text, and a poetry lesson all in one.
J. A. Davis
I bought this book to use in a fourth grade classroom as we begin a unit on Haiku.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Davis on August 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dog tales are always a big hit with kids. This one combines adorable illustrations, simple text, and a poetry lesson all in one. A great introduction to haiku, along with an explanation of it in the back. Love it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By IncrediblyPink on July 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dogku is wonderful. I am a dog lover as well as an educator and found this book to be one of my favorites. It helps introduce children to haiku.Praises for Dogku!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FRG Leader on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to use in a fourth grade classroom as we begin a unit on Haiku. It is a wonderful story that successfuly uses a new haiku for each page of text. It beautifully captures the life of a stray dog who finds a home but can't quite behave as the family would like him to. Overall this dod is living the good life with his adorable new family.

The illustrations are wonderful! I find myself paging through it just to look at the pictures again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JBebe VINE VOICE on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book combines charming illustrations with haiku poetry to tell the story of a cute little stray dog and the family who adopts him.

My son, who is a toddler, loved the pictures (he is a dog lover!). The cute, colorful illustrations remind me of the artwork in Cowlick! (Deluxe Golden Book). (For more of Tim Bowers' excellent artwork, check out Fun Dog, Sun Dog.) As far as reading it to a young child, because of the haiku verses it feels a little disjointed and choppy as you read it to a child too young to appreciate the haiku.

However, having said that, I think that this would be wonderful for a little bit older child. What a fun introduction to the art of haiku. Clements even includes an explanation of haiku in the back. "That's what haiku is like...a small container. Choosing a small container can help you pick the perfect words and arrange them just right." He explains that this is why he made it a picture book, because a picture book is also like a small container - "not many pages, not many words."

This is an adorable book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I actually got this book for my 3.5 year-old daughter and though she is a bit young to grasp the concept of Haiku, the story itself is poignant and captivating. It centers around a stray dog that finds a home with a nice family, and this is told in a series of Haikus. The illustrations are nice yet what I loved most about the book was the haikus themselves. Such a simple form that managed to convey the message of adoption. I'm looking forward to other works by Andrew Clements.
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Format: Hardcover
Hmmm, let me see. We have a small and easy to read book. The book is about a loveable dog. The art work is excellent; cute and beautifully executed and then, to top it all off, the entire book is written in a series of Haikus. The author, Andrew Clements has come up with a complete winner and I have to tell you that this is one of my favorite books written for children.

The story line here is simple. A raggedy little terrier dog; a stray who is tired, hungry and very dirty shows up at the back door.

"There on the back steps.
the eyes of a hungry dog.
Will she shut the door?"

Mom is in the kitchen cooking, sees the dog and of course relents.

The little scruffy dog makes himself right at home and almost becomes an instant member of the family.

"Morning brings children.
Hugs, licks, barking, and laughing.
Warmer than sunshine."

All is well...or is it? The family departs, doing things that families do during the day and the new little dog is left alone in the house...alone, alone, alone. What is a puppy to do?

"The house is quiet.
No kids, no mom, and no food.
What's a dog to do?"

Well our little white shaggy ragamuffin does what comes natural for such bright little creatures:

"Chew on dirty socks.
Roll around in a week-old trash.
Ahhh...that's much better."

Good grief, Mooch (That is what the family has named the dog) is in big time trouble. The family holds a meeting. Mooch overhears the work "pound" mentioned. Oh my! Dad departs. Oh my...again!

What will be done?

Like many of the other reviewers here, I cannot think of a better book to introduce the young to the delights of haiku. Each little piece is precise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Creative Cooking on June 19, 2008
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Clever, funny and well-written story of a homeless dog that finds a home with a nice family, written in haiku. My 8 1/2 year old neighbors loved the story. They had just learned about haiku in school and enjoyed reading the story and counting out the number of syllables. The illustrations are first rate, too. Highly recommended.
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By D. R. on October 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book! Kids will delight in the poetic story, and the illustrations capture the mood and flavor of this loveable dog. What a great tool to use with any age to take a favorite subject and make it a haiku. As with all other Andrew Clements books, he thinks like a kid and writes so they are engaged. Adults who love children's literature will have to surmise he never "grew up" and lost the ability of being a kid.
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