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Dogs and Cats Hardcover – May 14, 2007

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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 5–This could have been just another book about pets, albeit with a clever gimmick (after reading about one of the species, youngsters can flip the volume over to learn about the other). However, Jenkins has created a book that reaches beyond the mundane and into the spectacular. The two halves of this whole are intertwined throughout. In the part about dogs, cat icons serve as teasers for the other section, and vice versa. The two halves meet in the center with a large illustration of a cat and dog lying together on a rug-a seamless transition from one subject to the other. The lively narrative provides a copious amount of information, examining each species in human history, describing evolution and domestication, highlighting physical characteristics and behaviors, and finishing up with amazing facts about each animal. The layout is excellent, with images dominating the text. Jenkins's cut- and torn-paper collages are stunning. Rough edges look like tufts of fur; patterns in the paper give these flat images vitality. This is a thoroughly attractive package from start to finish. Shared aloud, it is a treat not to be missed.–Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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Award-winning illustrator-author Jenkins offers readers a delightful and insightful grab bag of facts about a human's best friends. Yes, friends--plural. Because this book is a twofer: when you've finished reading about dogs, you simply turn the oversize book around, and there--presto--is a similar format about cats. The two animals meet in the middle in a double-page spread that shows the natural antagonists harmoniously sharing a space. The information--about the respective species' origins, special characteristics, "amazing" facts, etc.--is widely available elsewhere, but this offers a good introduction for novice naturalists. Moreover, this title has something the others don't: cut-and-torn-paper collage^B pictures that alone are worth the price of admission. Dynamic, intricate, and informed by affectionate humor, they show dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes and packed with personality. The clever collages have an almost 3-D effect, so much so that kids--and adults--will want to reach out and pet. Michael Cart
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 990L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618507671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618507672
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated thirty picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eyepopping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children. To learn more about Steve and his books, visit

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It must be very frustrating to work in the field of cut-paper picture books these days. I imagine your average collage artist will spend countless hours trying to get an illustration or scene just right in their book. At long last they will sigh, wipe the sweat from their forehead, and go out to treat themselves to a bagel or muffin. On the way to the bakery, however, they might pass a bookstore and there, propped up prominently in the window, will sit a book by Steve Jenkins. It has to sting. I mean, the guy is phenomenal. He makes it look so easy, as if he wakes up each and every morning saying, "Hmm... I know exactly how to make an image of a cat mid-pounce using just a little torn paper." The thing about Steve, though, is that no matter how many of his books you've read/agonized over the brilliance of, you always want to see what's up his sleeve next. That would have to be his latest title, "Dogs and Cats". Guaranteed to give library catalogers nationwide a headache ("Do I put it in the dog section or the cat section, and for that matter which cover's the front cover???") the book is a delightful little piece of eclectic non-fiction.

Hold the book in front of your face at arm's length. Very good. You are now looking at the image of a cat. Now flip the book end-over-end in your hands. See that? Now you're looking at the image of a dog. "Dogs and Cats" is one of those titles where there really isn't a preferred beginning. Readers can discover the history and status of man's best friend first, or they may wish to learn about the world's most perfect predator instead. The two animals are examined at length with a variety of different cut-paper illustrations dotting the way. We discover what it means for an animal to be one breed or another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cBetz on July 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Another clever volume from Steve Jenkins, author of Actual Size and What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Read everything you want to know about dogs, then flip the book over and start all over again, this time learning about cats. One clever device Jenkins uses is to include an example from the contrasting species on each page, for the reader to truly compare cats and dogs. Every school, and classroom, library should include this clever treatise on two very popular topics. Sure to "flip" off the shelves.
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I love all of Steve Jenkins books, but bought this one for my daughter who is in love with dogs (and sometimes with cats too). Full of interesting facts and I really like the style of illustration (with cut and textured paper).
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By Patsy S. Amick on May 8, 2015
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My god child, who is 8, loved it.
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