"“If Dogs Run Free,” from the 1970 album New Morning, is Dylan’s version of a novelty song: a goof on a ’50s-style mashup of piano jazz and spoken word.... It inspires the talented Campbell (East Dragon, West Dragon) to create a benevolent, retro-ish watercolor universe of cross-species friendships and endlessly fun things to do, with a wide-eyed and inexhaustible girl, her younger brother, and their pet dog as ringleaders."
(Publishers Weekly, June 2013
"The lyrics to a 1970 Dylan song serve as the text for this quirky ode to children and dogs running free, doing their own thing. Through his appealing watercolor illustrations, Campbell has done a fine job creating a coherent, imaginative story from Dylan’s poetic lyrics...a satisfying tale, with undeniably cute canines and children running free and enjoying life, on their own like rolling stones."
(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2013
"This illustrated version of a lesser-known Bob Dylan song focuses on the joys of a carefree childhood. A girl and her younger brother wander through their day, have adventures on the playground, make mischief at a swamp, and gaze at the night sky. Along the way, more and more dogs join their play...sweet, simple concept...humorous watercolor illustrations."
(School Library Journal, November 2013
About the Author
is one of the most lauded and greatest-loved songwriters and performers of all time. His particular brand of music first caught the public’s attention in the 1960s. He has released thirty-five studio albums with hits ranging from “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Like a Rolling Stone” to “All Along the Watchtower,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” and “Make You Feel My Love.” His remarkable career in music and literature continues to this day.Scott Campbell
’s paintings have appeared in numerous shows and publications around the world. He has created award-winning comics, such as “Igloo Head and Tree Head,” which appeared in the Flight anthology, and is the illustrator of Zombie in Love
by Kelly DiPucchio; East Dragon, West Dragon
by Robyn Eversole; and If Dogs Run Free
by Bob Dylan. Scott lives in New York City. Visit him at PyramidCar.com.