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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805087338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805087338
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—This colorful picture book provides humorous information on how to make friends and interact with dogs. The tips are easy and useful, but are delivered in rhyme with an uneven meter that feels forced: "You're so polite!/You can pet these five,/but Maddie might bite." Or, "Before you give a treat to Kate/make your hand into a plate/Lick, lick, lick!/Too much is ick!/It's all right to say, ENOUGH/to all that/sloppy kissy stuff." The exaggerated, loose-line, cartoon art, filled with bright, digital hues, has a fragmented feel. The woman giving advice to the children wears black, pointy gloves and boots, resulting in a harsh, didactic tone. The concept and message are good ones and it's clear that careful thought and consideration went into the informative tips, but the execution is not entirely successful. Stephanie Calmenson's May I Pet Your Dog? (Clarion, 2007) and Elizabeth Verdick's Tails Are Not for Pulling (Free Spirit, 2005) are better alternatives.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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From Booklist

Maybe smooching strange schnauzers isn’t such a good idea, but neither is cowering in fear. In this vividly illustrated and smartly written tutorial, Wahman runs through a set of rhyming tips for any child encountering a potential canine friend. Much of the advice is placid: “Stand still and let dogs come to you / to smell your hand or sniff your shoe.” Other advice is presented in rather startling fashion, as when flared, disembodied hands paw at a canine’s face: “Whap! Whap! Whap! Dogs hate that!” No matter the mood, the illustrations strike a perfect balance, using a spiky style reminiscent of papercraft atop bright, single-color backgrounds. The slightly surreal approach isn’t the most obvious choice when designing what is essentially a safety book, but it works, nicely isolating the details that matter most, whether it’s how a palm holds chow beneath a doggie’s chin or the way to curl your fingers before allowing a pooch to sniff. Gentle self-defense suggestions close this unique offering. Preschool-Grade 2. --Daniel Kraus

Customer Reviews

Eye-catching and beautifully done, with bright colors and contrast.
LBC
What a great book to help them understand that there's a right and wrong way to interact with dogs.
C. Fields
This is my favorite dog book for children and I would recommend it to everyone!
M. Gorski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seattle Suze on May 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just received this book as a gift and love the illustrations. They're fun, downright zany, and full of energy. The dogs, even Maddie (who's an anxious little thing), are representative of dogs that may be new to children or adults. Wahman's recommendations are easy to remember and very effective. They're meant to allow dogs and kids the space to slowly get to know each other - no patting on the head, instead just scratching or rubbing lightly on the cheek or chest, and no fingers outstretched to an unknown mouth but curling fingers into a protected ball. There are suggestions for offering a snack (with the hand held flat) and recognizing the signs for a fearful dog. Wahman's rhymes are catchy and simple, and they stay with you. I'm ordering some for gifts to my nieces and nephew who don't have dogs but do have occasional contact. Loved this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan Leeds on August 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a book I use when visiting schools with my therapy dog. It teaches children how to be around dogs. The vendor got it to me promptly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Trotter on February 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I actually just checked this book out at our local library. We bought our three young children a dog for Christmas and I wish we would have bought this book first. It has great tips for young dog owners and is easy to understand. Even my two year old asks me to read this obook over and over! I will be purchasing this book for my home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LBC on May 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of my favorite aspects of this colorful, entertaining book is that the most important information is presented in short bites (hey, can you blame me for the bad pun?) that any child can readily absorb and remember. Though this book is geared towards young children, it will also serve to educate their parents or caretakers, as the tips on how to meet and greet dogs applies to all. In addition, the graphics are totally FABU! Eye-catching and beautifully done, with bright colors and contrast.
In the world of dog bite statistics, young kids are the most likely to suffer disfiguring bites, due to their proximity to a dog's mouth and the often wild and excited behavior they show around dogs. Dogs are not people in fur suits and many are afraid of little kids. Wahman's book shows, in a non-threatening but attention grabbing manner, how to reduce the likelihood of a bad encounter. My contribution to this endeavor was to buy several copies of "Don't Lick The Dog" and donate them to local libraries and elementary schools in my area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bunny McGinley on July 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
...get this book! Both my young children are dog fanatics, but we don't have one ourselves. This book has taught them in a fun & easy way all the basic manners they need to know when approaching a strange dog. The rhyme makes it easy for kids to learn to read along, and the pictures are bright, vivid and fun. After only having it 3 days, we ran into a strange dog and my 4 year old immediately put everything he'd learned from the book into action, to great success!

My only complaint, and it's VERY minor, is that the kids say "May we pet your dogs?" without a
"please", since I try to teach my kids that any and all requests should have one. But I just add that in when I read it to them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Shumannfang on May 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Thank goodness for Don't Lick the Dog. It is fun to read, gorgeous to look at, and has the most engaging lessons on making friends with dogs I've seen. There are little puns that kids of all ages will chuckle at the more they get to know this book. I have already bought copies for all my friends and relatives. Now if only every child could have a copy, I just know kids would feel more comfortable around dogs, and dogs in turn would be more at ease with children.
Barbara Shumannfang, PhD, CPDT
Professional dog trainer and author of "Happy Kids, Happy Dogs: Building a Friendship Right from the Start"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Brunette on December 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I've gifted both this book and Wahman's other picture book, A Cat Like That, to my niece, who's three. She adores both books, asking her mother to read them to her all the time. Perhaps more importantly, she's taken the lessons in the books and applied them to the way she interacts with other people's pets, respectfully curling her fingers to have a dog sniff her before petting, and always remembering to ask the dog's owner if it's OK first. That's the mark of a highly successful children's book! Wahman's illustrations and rhymes are fresh and super cute, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Okeson on May 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Gorgeous, vibrant illustrations accompany whimsical text in this primer for ANYone who is new to the world of dogs. I was delighted when I first read this book, but the bigger test awaited: My son. We were lucky enough to attend a reading, and my normally squirmy child's attention was utterly captivated. It's a monumental achievement, and speaks more than I can about the joy and success of "Don't Lick the Dog"'s message. If you need a gift for any animal lover, or any child, in your life, look no further.
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More About the Author

Former Seattle Post-Intelligencer staff artist, Wendy Wahman is the author/illustrator of "Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs" and "A Cat Like That" (both Holt), and the illustrator of the forthcoming "Snowboy 1, 2, 3" (Holt), written by Joe Wahman. "Don't Lick the Dog" was selected as a 2010 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, starred for Outstanding Merit and accepted to the Society of Illustrators Original Art show. Wendy's editorial illustrations have appeared in major publications including Harper's Magazine, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

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BOOOK TRAILERS:
"A Cat Like That" http://youtu.be/80WcGcwpvaI
"Don't Lick the Dog" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exoQtUxpHR8
"Snowboy 1,2,3" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQDrvhI9V64
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PRAISE FOR "Don't Lick the Dog"

"I'm passionate about helping children (and their parents) understand how best to safely interact with dogs, and this book perfectly encapsulates my philosophies on the matter in a really fun and engaging way." - Victoria Stilwell, host of It's Me or the Dog

"In this vividly illustrated and smartly written tutorial, Wahman runs through a set of rhyming tips for any child encountering a potential four-legged friend... No matter the mood, the illustrations strike a perfect balance, using a spiky style reminiscent of papercraft atop bright, single-color backgrounds... Gentle self-defense suggestions close this unique offering." - Booklist

"Outrageously bright and pointy, stylized illustrations and catchy how-to rhyme deliver digestible tips for canine encounters of the friendly, yappy, growly, wary, jumpy, licky, snappy kind." - JustOneMoreBook.com Children's Book Podcast
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PRAISE FOR "A Cat Like That"

"Striking illustrations and a pitch-perfect portrait of an unnamed pet's personality combine to showcase charming (and practical) advice on how to make friends with a feline..." - Kirkus Reviews

"With humor and a light touch, this book shows young readers what cats like and what they don't, helping kids understand good, pet-friendly behavior." - Cat Fancy

"Reading Wendy Wahman's colorful picture book A Cat Like That awakened all my hitherto more or less hidden desires to acquire a kitten." - Nancy Pearl
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