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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451648790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451648799
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"“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

Bob Dylan is one of the most celebrated songwriter and performer of all time. 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.” He has been awarded the French Legion of Honor, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. His memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list.

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 and Zombie in Love 2 + 1 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.

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Customer Reviews

Wonderfully illustrated lyrics.
Christy Jayne Carbullido
What to say about Dylan's text, great.
Sandra Peredo Rivera
Great book to read to children!
madison library

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By madison library on November 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I will start by noting that I am unfamiliar with the song. The words that are generally in children's books can sometimes be too simple. I love that this book uses beautiful imagery, not a lot of words, but does use some uncommon words, like symphony and harmony and soul. Great book to read to children!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William H. Graver on November 26, 2014
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Wow, a great book with wonderful illustrations. And of course his words are the best. Giving to my son to read to his 1st baby, coming soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Breeann K. on November 13, 2013
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Very cute. Great gift for children of for adults who love Bob Dylan. You won't be able to read it without hearing his voice in your mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Peredo Rivera on November 13, 2013
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The drawings are beautiful. What to say about Dylan's text, great. Wonderful book for children and grown ups. Love it.
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Such a well done combination of picture and words and beautifully presents. It put a smil on my face and I hope it does for my granddaughter too.
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By Candise Lozier on March 11, 2014
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Great book for a great grandma to share, These books are really good bringing back memories and being fun for the kids.
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By Diana Hornick on March 5, 2014
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This was a gift and it was well received. The book is beautiful and magical and not damaged in any way, and the delivery was efficient.
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By Christy Jayne Carbullido on January 22, 2014
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The recipient of this gift is a big Bob Dylan fan, and already had a big collection, which did not include this illustrated book. She really enjoyed it, and her 5 year old granddaughter did as well. I really liked it, also, although I hadn't heard the song before. Wonderfully illustrated lyrics.
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