From Publishers Weekly
The spunky canine from Dog's Colorful Day returns in Dog's ABC: A Silly Story About the Alphabet by Emma Dodd. In the beginning, "An apple falls on his head/ Dog barks, and a bird flies/ out of the apple tree." The words "apple" and "bird" appear in opposite corners of the spread, next to their upper- and lowercase initial letters.
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Ages 3-6. Cleverly manipulating Dog's day so that his canine adventures progress through the letters of the alphabet, Dodd offers a comic primer for pre- and primary-schoolers. Dog's chunky white canine shape is contained within thick black lines that also capture his few but endearingly expressive features. As Dog romps across the clean sweeps of bold color on the pages, he is stung on the nose by an insect (I
), which causes him to jump (J
). Thinking food will make him feel better, he heads for the kitchen (K
) on his little legs (L
) to eat his meal (M
) and take his mind off his sore nose (N
). Such is the logical way the text, printed in display type of varying sizes, records Dog's actions and reactions and reinforces the letters of the alphabet. Much deliberate thought and humor underlie this deceptively simple, totally winning presentation. Ellen MandelCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved