From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3–In this beautifully designed book, free-verse poems that present the inner musings of 16 dogs are combined with painterly, full-page portraits. The verses capture distinct canine personalities, such as a haughty Pekingese ("MEMO/To: My Person.../I feel terrible about chewing on your custom-made leather shoes. Though,/they were on the floor"); a loyal collie ("Through the dark night,/you need not be scared./For you, only you,/I will always be there"); and a brawny bulldog ("But you know, don't you? That/beneath this tough exterior there thumps a gentle heart"). Pencil sketches of the canines are scattered around the text. On the facing pages, Zakanitch's stunning oil paintings of the pets are set against shiny black backgrounds, with breed names hand lettered in white chalk. Animal lovers will delight in this captivating dog show.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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In this heart-stealing picture book, fine artist Robert Rahway Zakanitch gives us 16 masterful, soulful, impossibly expressive portraits of dogs, and Maya Gottfried wonderfully captures their voices and inner personalities in 16 enchanting poems. It's a doggie delight!
These dogs beg to be patted, tickled, scratched, and ruffled. Which one will be your