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From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On Hardcover – September 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080506673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805066739
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,170,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Nifty beaded and appliqu‚d illustrations distinguish Sklansky's (the ZOOMfun series) collection of 26 canine poems. Playful pups and precocious mutts (and frisky felines who make frequent cameos), rendered entirely in colorful, shiny beadwork, cavort across canvas spreads, highlighting different doggy endeavors. One dog negates his owner's hard work in "The Bath": "splash soap scrub mope.../ mud/ run/ roll/ done!" Only the back half of a dog is visible in the illustration, which also shows the bubble-filled clawfoot tub out of which the dog has leapt. Much of the verse is rather uninspired ("I don't do the backstroke/ Or swim the butterfly./ Doggy paddle is my stroke / I'll bet you can guess why!"). The art, while created by four beaders, is uniform in style: tidy, cheerful, enhanced by simple embroidery. Crafters will be especially interested in the endnotes, which explain that about 120,000 beads were used to make the book and that each illustration took between 40 and 120 hours to create. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-These verses celebrate the things dogs appreciate, such as Saturdays in the park, rolling in mud, car rides, and being nuzzled. Some present canine dreams while others document negative aspects of dog life such as fleas and baths. New readers will feel comfortable with the easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm, as in, "Into your loving arms I leap-/Please scratch between my ears./I love the way you cuddle me/And ease my doggy fears." The beadwork illustrations are innovative and attractive, lending glimmer, texture, and dimension to the book. They also enhance the frivolity of the selections in their comical depictions of different canine breeds. The final page provides information about the illustrative technique and the artists. Introduce this book to fans of Jack Prelutsky's Dog Days (Knopf, 1999).
Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Amy Sklansky's love affair with books began long before she could read, continued through the "reading under the covers with a flashlight" years, then found a career outlet at HarperCollins Children's Books in New York City and Studio Goodwin Sturges in Boston. After editing for several years, Amy began writing her own books.

Amy's first book, From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On, explores the canine world with 25 poems told from a dog's point of view. It was praised by School Library Journal for its "easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm."

Her second book, Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween, celebrates the spooky and silly aspects of Halloween. This poetry collection was called "engaging" by School Library Journal and "a treat" by Kirkus.

Amy's first nonfiction picture book, Where Do Chicks Come From? (illustrated by Pam Paparone), introduces the development of a chick. Booklist wrote: "neither flowery nor clinical, Sklansky's straight- forward presentation hits just the right tone for young children who will find details of life inside the egg fascinating."

Amy's fourth book, My Daddy and Me (illustrated by Ard Hoyt), is a universal story of love between father and child. "Forget the tie and the 'No. 1 Dad' mug," wrote The Florida Times-Union. "[The book] is a sweet but not cloying story that makes a great Father's Day gift."

Amy's fifth book, The Duck Who Played the Kazoo (illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke), tells the story of a lonely, kazoo-playing duck on a quest for joy and companionship. Booklist noted its "rhyming couplets, punctuated with an onomatopoeic kazoo-blast refrain" and "graceful, lulling rhythms."

Her first original board book, You Are My Little Cupcake, celebrates the sweetness of babies with scrumptious illustrations by Talitha Shipman. This delicious title hit #1 on the St. Louis Independent Bookstores Bestseller List and was featured in Scholastic's Parent & Child Magazine.

Amy's latest book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space (illustrated by Stacey Schuett), features poems about planets, stars, moon landings, satellites and more. Each poem is accompanied by an informative factual exploration of the poem's subject matter. Publishers Weekly called it "an evocative mix of the whimsical and the scientific."

Amy lives with her husband and two children in St. Louis, Missouri.

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By d geiger on March 19, 2013
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Ilustrations are great. Grandson loved the poems. Easy to read. Favorite bedtime story! I have bought 2 more as baby shower gifts and they loved the book as well!
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This is a very clever book of poetry for young children. My youngest grandchild received it for Christmas, and we have had so much fun reading it together. What really amazes me is the incredible artwork. The detail and the intricacy of the beadwork is awesome. I hope there will be more of these beautifully illustrated books in the near future.
Peggy Wiemann, Huntington Beach, CA
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By A Customer on September 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am a grandmother who reads daily to my grandchildren. This book is expertly written, is very playful and upbeat, appeals to children as well as adult dog lovers. It holds the children's attention and is a spring board for questions. Loved the art work! I have purchased 12 more books for gift giving and expect the receptients will enjoy it as much as we do!!
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By TeacherMom on September 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am a teacher and a mother. Everyone from my two year old to my third grade students enjoyed these entertaining, rythmic poems. My students now want to write dog poems of their own! Not only did my students enjoy listening to the poems, but they also enjoyed reading the poems themselves.
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By chickenbrain on September 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
From the Doghouse is beautifully arranged and intelligently written. Children of any age will delight in the language, imagery and imaginative journeys of dogs travelling to space, wandering the city and country, and living out nightmares and doggy dreams. Amy E Sklansky has pushed the boundaries of children's writing--rhymes, refrains, and literary qualities accompany the exciting forays of adventurous dogs. Aside from the writing, the illustrations--delicately beaded, intricate pieces of art--are a visual feast. It's the best children's book of the year.
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