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I Don't Want a Posh Dog Hardcover – June 1, 2009

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Kids want pets. And even if they’re not quite old enough to have their own, that’s not going to stop them from fantasizing. That’s where Dodd’s charming ode to picking the perfect dog comes in. An unnamed girl in a pink dress is certain of what she doesn’t want. An outfitted pooch in a handbag accompanies the declaration: “I don’t want a snooty dog. / A fancy, attitudey dog.” Three bruisers snarl through the following verse: “I don’t want a snappy dog. / A growly, never-happy dog.” The girl also rejects dogs who are gruff or needy or itchy. What’s left? “I just want a silly dog. / A sweet willy-nilly dog.” The rhymes are clever and succinct, and the simple line art incorporates photo elements (a purse, some Astroturf) that lend the right touch of surrealism. The return of all the discarded doggies in a climactic mad dash gives readers a chance to point out their favorite rejectees. A fun, light introduction to all the mutts in young readers’ futures. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus

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Emma Dodd wields words as creatively as she does her paintbrush in I Don't Want a Posh Dog (Orchard, GBP10.99). 'I don't want a patterned dog. A jump-up-and-flatten dog/ I don't want a handbag dog. A tail-not-meant-to-wag dog.' With bouncing text and illustrations that bound off the page, this should win every award going. Ages 2-5. The Telegraph "With bouncing text and illustrations that bound off the page, this should win every award going." The Sunday Telegraph Dogs of all kinds are on offer in the big, bold and expressive illustrationsin this hugely attractive picture book. The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316033901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316033909
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma was brought up near London, England. He parents were both designers and from as far back as she can remember she wanted to be an illustrator.
Emma studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin's School of Art, London, and has worked in advertising, editorial and book illustration.
She was nominated for the Booktrust Early Years Award in 2006 for her book "What Pet to Get" and in 2009 for "Miaow said the Cow"
Emma lives with her husband and two children and their Jack Russel Terrier, Bart, who keeps her fit and provides inspiration.

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Format: Hardcover
Adorable.
Sweet.
Good Read-aloud too!

I don't want a posh dog! is a charming, kid-friendly book that is all about a little girl's criteria for the perfect dog.

You might think the author, Emma Dodd, would start the book off with a list of attributes the little girl wants for her pet, but in fact she takes the opposite approach. Thus we find out that "snappy", "growly", "never-happy dogs" need not apply. And that the little girl definitely doesn't want "an itchy dog. A scritchy, scratchy, twitchy dog."

Ms. Dodd does this on purpose, of course, for by the time she turns this theme around, you find yourself waiting in anticipation for exactly what it is that she does want. And that's when Dodd zings you, hitting with a barrage of sweet messages -- ones that left us going Ahhhh.

Wrap Up:::
I Don't Want a Posh Dog! is a lovely book. The pages are thick and glossy and the artwork is adorable. On the whole, the book seems very substantial, although I must admit that nothing can stand up to a rowdy toddler on a rampage.

The lyrics and artwork (the principal charm of this book) are delightful. My kids, currently 7 and 9, chuckled throughout. I especially liked the breath of vocabularly words that were introduced.

The resource I referenced gave the Accelerated Reading level as a generic "1". Given the fact that the vocabulary includes words like "snooty", "bouncy" and "attitudey" I can only assume that it must be towards the high side of the 1 range-- perhaps 1.9.

The interest range for this book is fairly broad. Boys and girls as young as toddlers and as old as 8 or 9 could find it appealing. I'd consider it as a gift for dog-lovin' children under 6 years of age.

Very Good Read-a-Loud.

Pam T~
mom and reviewer for BooksforKids-reviews
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Format: Hardcover
Emma Dodd knows how to illustrate and write a picture book. The illustrations show a little girl as she searches for the perfect dog all the while discussing the traits she doesn't want her dog to possess. No uppity poodles or stylish purse dogs for her and especially no mean, growling, biting dogs. She just wants to find the right dog for her. The story, told in short rhyming verses, describes multiple dogs using silly and funny adjectives like scritchy, scratchy and greedy, pleady. Many different comically illustrated dogs are pictured, and, for better or worse, the story includes some generalizations regarding certain dog breeds.

Dodd's adorable illustrations show texture sometimes though the use of different mediums including an almost collage like style. This is great book for dog-loving preschoolers, and is especially appropriate for families that are planning to search for the perfect family dog. (Cat lovers should check out Dodd's "I Don't Want a Cool Cat").
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By A. Williams on March 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations in this book are loads of fun! As are the rhymes which - aside from the last few pages - flowed incredibly well and would probably be super fun to read aloud!

I liked the intent of the ending, and the sweetness that came along with it. But, I couldn't help but feel a little... not five-star-ish... about the 'stereotyping' of the various dog breeds. Maybe this is far too picky of me, and I know it's all in fun, but I love dogs and I had a hard time accepting that various breeds were 'posh' or 'snappy' 'snooty' or 'never-happy...'

I think the final - very important - message could have been conveyed in a different way.
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We checked this book out at our local library and LOOOOOVED IT! I keep shoving it at family members to read to my daughter, because I want them to see how great it is. It's funny and silly and charming. My daughter loves it. I love reading it. It's got a great pace and adorable art work. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this book!
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