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If You Give a Dog a Donut
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 16, 2011
I will admit to waiting for the release of If You Give a Dog a Donut for a few months now. We have loved this series at our house and all three daughters have listened to and read them at some point. Even though my oldest daughter is a little too old for these books now, she was excited to add this one to our collection. And upon reading it, all of us agreed that this newest book is a good addition to this series, following along in the pattern of the other If You Give.... books. As a school librarian I will be purchasing a few copies for my library because this one will be a hit with my readers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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"This donut eating dog is boisterous and aims to cram as much joy as he can into his day. ..., this makes the young boy who owns him quite breathless in trying to keep up with his pet. This silly puppy is easily enticed by an offer of apple juice and donut, thus ending a perfectly energetic day." --Tatiana
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Offering the donut was the initial act that triggered a magical sequence of events, one leading to another, into a day of outdoor activities. It refreshed my childhood play fables, where animals, plants, and forces of nature are actors that assume speech and connect with young kids' imagination, leading to the new game. The sociable dog opens the playtime with picking apples, dressing as a pirate, hunting for treasure, building and flying a kite, returning to the kitchen for a donut bite, dancing his way through the book pages. The involved Children's attention is captivated in this scenario. They enjoy participation, guessing 'what might happen next', as a narrative describing foreseeable interactions unfolding one after another.

Winning team Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, a pair dedicated to educating our kids through their "If You Give..." series show up with another animated riddle, which requires a word play. Numeroff has given the adorable doggy in, "If You Give a Pig a Party" his own story. If you give a dog a donut, he'll ask for some apple juice ... Kids could imagine that if they give a cat a cupcake, he will ask for topping and sprinkles, which to their delight he eventually spills, starting an engaging activity story that goes on, and on all the way. "If you give a dog a donut, he will ask for some apple juice to go with it. When you give him the juice, he'll drink it all up. Then, before you can say 'Woof'...Dog is off on a backyard adventure!"
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2011
Got this for a 5 year old who's learning how to read. Great series of books for a beginner reader - the stories are funny and silly and the picture correspond well with the text so he can look at the drawings to help figure out the words he doesn't know. The story is fun for any age kid.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
I read some of the other books (If you give a moose..pig..etc.) I bought for my 3 yr old b/c my older son loved the pig book when he was small. It's my 3 yr old son's first experience w/me deployed and I sent this to him via Amazon. My mom had to read it to him 5 times the first night and tell him no more. Now every time my mom reads it, she still has to read it to him multiple times. Normally he'll choose another book for reading once we're done, so I know he adores this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2011
I bought this for my Great Nephew. I was a School Librarian and had the opportunity to read other Laura Numeroff books. This one is just as cute as all the others. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2011
I love this series by Laura Numeroff and the addition of "If You Give a Dog a Donut" is one of the best of all the books. A little baseball, a little pirate action, definitely a fun read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
My grandson loves this series of books. This one is wonderful! The illustrations are so cute! He took it to school and shared with his first grade class. They enjoyed it too!
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"He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
Is like one who takes a dog by the ears." -- Proverbs 26:17 (NKJV)

When I first read the title of this book, I shook my head in amazement. Who but Laura Numeroff could have come up with such a novel introduction for a beginning reader? Any child who has or likes dogs is going to be intrigued. Herman Melville (who was no slouch when it came to powerful book openings . . . "Call me Ishmael.") would have been impressed.

My next thought was, "I wonder where the story goes from there?" Well, I was hooked and I'm glad I was.

The book follows the usual reversed theme of a youngster patiently waiting on an animal, in the role that a parent or older sibling might play for an inquisitive child.

What makes the book more fun than usual is that giving a dog a donut is such a weird idea. Before long, we are outdoors where the fun rapidly escalates. I liked the ways that the connections from one thing to another were pretty logical . . . as an offset to the dog-donut pairing.

As usual, the illustrations by Felicia Bond take a bare-bones story and add a lot of humor and context. I especially liked the touches of the donut having icing and sprinkles on the cover, the dog knocking on a screen door with an empty food bowl in its paw on the title page, the dog helping itself to donuts on the kitchen table, the dog on a skateboard hauling along a laundry basket that's rapidly losing its contents, the rickety backyard fence, the dog doing a one-paw stand upside down while juggling a ball on the fence, the dog wearing the bandana, and the dog leaping for joy on the last page.

The words are simple enough to make it easy for a beginning reader to first memorize the story and begin to "read" it by remembering which words go with which illustrations. From there, an older reader can help the beginning reader to identify individual words . . . amidst the giggles this book will generate.

If you are tired of reading the same old stories for the 999th time, give yourself a new book that will bring many smiles to your face and that of your beginning reader with If You Give a Dog a Donut.

Brava, Laura Numeroff! Brava, Felicia Bond!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
Great Book, my Grandkids love it!They love the whole series of Mouse, Moose, Cat, Pig etc. Now Dog. Great gifts!
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on May 21, 2014
I wrote this as a library book review in 2011. Laura Numeroff has given the dog from If You Give a Pig a Party his very own story with If You Give a Dog a Donut. The first act of giving the donut leads to one scenario after another. It is so related to childhood play in which one activity triggers the imagination and leads to the new scenario and the new game. In the story, the dog leads playtime into picking apples, playing baseball, dressing as a pirate, hunting for treasure, building a kite and more until he and the boy are right back in the kitchen for another donut. Children love this popular series and they especially enjoy guessing at what might happen next as the scenarios unfold page after page. The illustrations and the style of writing are familiar. This is perfect for early readers and aligns to the way children think in their day to day playtime.
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