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Dogs on the Bed Hardcover – October 14, 2008

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3—Even readers who don't share their bed with a half dozen dogs will love this charming story about a family and their unusual sleeping arrangements. As bedtime begins (appropriately after storytime) everyone—Mom, Dad, two kids, and six dogs—falls asleep in the same big bed. Throughout the night, the pets do what they do best: sleep sideways, bark at things no one else can hear, and whine to go out, and then in (and then out, and then in, etc.). In the end, they are rearranged into more manageable groupings, and finally canines and people alike get some much-needed sleep. The exuberant, rhyming text delights the ear as the hilarious illustrations engage the eye in this kid- and dog-friendly tale. Fun for sharing with a group or one-on-one.—Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN
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“Dogs on the bed / Like logs on the bed / Bed hogs on the bed— / These dogs, these dogs!” A family’s bedtime preparations are interrupted by their determined dogs, who won’t stay off the bed and won’t give up easily: they “pout and they sigh,” prowl and howl, whine to go outside and then want to come back in. Still, they also offer affection and comfort (“As portable heat / They just can’t be beat”), and parents, kids, and pooches finally settle down to sleep snugly at last. The rousing rhymes and frequent refrains provide continuous, peppy entertainment, and the occasional altered rhythms will keep readers and listeners on their toes. The colorful, chaotic illustrations are filled with witty elements, especially the comically expressive dogs, crowded around kids and pillows for Mom’s bedtime story. A humorous and affectionate ode to the frustrations and joys of having dogs as pets and part of the family. Pair this with John Lithgow’s I Got Two Dogs (2008). Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763626082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763626082
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moriggan78 on March 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Picked this book up at the library for my 19 month old son who loves dogs, and its now one of his favorites. I've made up a tune to read it to, because it's such a rhythmic story it's almost march-like. He claps along with the rhymes. We slow it down and point out different things in the pictures like the clock on the wall, the coffee mug that daddy is carrying and the cat on the book that mom is reading to the kids. I've now added it to his wish-list so that we can keep it around permanantly!
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By Connie Goldsmith on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Dogs on the Bed," by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. (Candlewick). Anyone who sleeps with dogs will recognize themselves and their pack in this comical book. This nice family has two children and six dogs, all wanting to share the parents' bed. First it's story time, then Daddy gives them the old heave-ho. But a dog banished from bed only stays gone for a few moments. One by one, the dogs creep back until they finally nudge the family completely out of bed. A reorganization is called for, with four dogs in the big bed, and one dog each in the kids' beds. Is it worth all that trouble to sleep with dogs? "As portable heat, they just can't be beat," (a fact worth remembering on these cold January nights). The watercolor illustrations bubble over with the frenzied energy of dogs finding their place of comfort at bedtime.
Connie Goldsmith, Children's Book Review for California Kids, a Sacramento regional parenting publication
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Format: Hardcover
We have three of Elizabeth Bluemle's books, and DOGS ON THE BED is the kid favorite. In our cat-only household, this is the book that makes Elder Child beg for a dog. Or four. (She sees the pictures at the end of all the family snuggled up with at least one dog each, and that sounds like a peachy keen idea to her.) She likes the cadence of the rhymes and the clever illustrations, and giggles and points every time when the dogs push the people onto the cold floor. Ms. Bluemle writes with obvious affection for the canines in the story, even when affection is tinged with the eye-rolling familiar to dog owners. Recommended, even for the cat lovers!
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By Flyerette on March 2, 2014
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Even as an adult, I appreciate this cute, rhyming story. At first it's about the troubles of having the dogs in the bed, but ultimately having them there becomes a wonderful thing. They just want to be with their people! And their people come to appreciate the "portable heat"!

Adorable! As long as you want dogs in your bed, that is. Once your kids read it, they'll want them there!
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By J. Geoffroy on September 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 2.5 year old son adores this book and has done for a good 6 months now. I think it's the combination of the pictures and rhyming story that appeals most. However, the subject of multiple dogs certainly adds to his amusement. I think it will be a favorite for a long time to come. I highly recommend it.
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